Niagara Wheatfield High School students walk out over district's handling of rape

May 31, 2019

Students at Niagara Wheatfield High School staged a walkout Friday in protest of the school districts handling of a male student who admitted to raping another student last year.

Students walk out of Niagara Wheatfield High School
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The male student plead guilty earlier this week, but was allowed to remain at the school until Friday. While some students exited the building, pictures on social media show others barred from leaving by teachers and warned they could face suspension. Those who did make it out surrounded the mother of the victim as she spoke publicly.

"I'm here because I need to remain an advocate for my daughter," she said. "I wanted the school to know there was an adult male student sex offender walking their halls."

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She said a statement from the School District Superintendent claiming state and federal requirements regarding student investigations and discipline were adhered to is inaccurate.

She said she will be releasing a formal statement at a later date.

District Superintendent Dan Ljiljanich released an additional statement saying the district office was shown a document from Niagara County Court on Thursday afternoon, notifying them of the guilty plea, and that reports the School District was allowing a convicted felon to continue to go to school are false.