Students Intervene in School Rape


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An El Cerrito Middle School is in shock following the revelation that a 12-year-old girl was raped in the school’s stairwell during the school day. Authorities said the sexual assault occurred last Thursday at about 2:40 p.m. at Portola Middle School. The 14-year-old alleged perpetrator was arrested at his home at 8 that night, and the district placed both the school’s principal and vice principal on administrative leave.

Police said the 14-year-old had cornered the girl in the stairwell and then raped her. But unlike the Richmond High gang rape several weeks ago, last week's alleged attack was broken up by another student, while a fourth found an adult for help, according to the Contra Costa Times. In the Richmond gang rape, authorities said passers-by watched the two-hour ordeal but did nothing to stop it.