Calhoun school leaders: Rape suspects banned from graduation

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Calhoun school leaders: Rape suspects banned from graduation

Three Calhoun High School students who are suspects in a Gilmer County rape investigation won’t be allowed to attend the school’s graduation on Friday.

“Calhoun City Schools has been made aware that three of its students have been named as suspects in an event reported to have taken place on the evening of May 10, 2014,” according to a statement from school officials posted online at Chattanooga’s timesfreepress.com.

“Given the seriousness of the allegations, the (School) Board and administration are concerned that the presence of the identified suspects at Friday’s commencement ceremonies would likely cause a substantial disruption and could create an unsafe environment.”

No one has been charged in the rape investigation, but Gilmer County sheriff’s officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that investigators have questioned 25 people.

According to a Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a girl told deputies she was raped by multiple guys early in the morning of May 11 at a Coosawattee River Resort cabin in Gilmer County rented after prom the previous night.

The victim told deputies that she couldn’t remember who sexually assaulted her and passed out around 2 a.m., at the cabin, according to the report.

Sheriff’s officials on Wednesday told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that no charges have been filed in the investigation, and authorities have not identified the three suspects that school officials are banning from graduation.

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