Prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old Oklahoma man with rape in a case that sparked a protest at Norman High School.
Cleveland County prosecutors filed two counts of first-degree rape Tuesday against Tristen Kole Killman-Hardin. Police say he is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was intoxicated and incapable of giving consent.
District Attorney Greg Mashburn confirmed Tuesday that police were investigating rape allegations by at least two other girls and that additional charges are "an open possibility."
Norman schools Superintendent Joe Siano says a task force studying a comprehensive sexual assault curriculum will be expanded.
The announcement in a letter to The Norman Transcript comes days after hundreds of Norman High School students walked out of class to protest the alleged bullying of three girls who reported being raped.
Siano said students "sent a clear message" they will not tolerate sexual assault or "re-victimization of any victims."
Hundreds of Norman High School students and parents lined the streets in Norman Monday protesting the school administration’s response to three rape allegations. Protest organizers demanded school officials implement anti-bullying policies to protect future victims.
Administrators and faculty at Norman High School are preparing for a protest by students upset with the handling of rape allegations.
Scott Beck, principal of Norman High School, said in a letter to parents that sexual assault victims' advocates were organizing the Monday protest after an alleged rape involving two students that occurred off campus two months ago.
Beck said in the letter the school "took the strongest disciplinary action against the alleged assailant" and the Norman Police Department was investigating.
Four Norman High School students have been taken to a Norman hospital after apparently taking prescription drugs at the school.
District spokeswoman Shelly Hickman says the students appeared under the influence of drugs late Monday morning. She said they did not appear to be in a life-threatening condition and were taken to Norman Regional Hospital as a precaution.