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Alleged assault at high school investigated; students expelled

Mirror staff

King County Sheriff deputies are investigating an allegation made by a 15-year-old Thomas Jefferson High School student that she was sexually assaulted by another student last Thursday morning.

Three students, the victim included, were expelled pending the outcome of the investigation, said Federal Way Public Schools spokeswoman Deb Stenberg.

Though the school expelled two other students, Sheriff Department spokesman John Urquhart said investigators believe there is only one male student involved in the alleged assault. But Urquhart declined to release what the nature of the alleged assault was, where it occurred or whether the two students knew each other prior to the incident.

Jefferson administrators sent students home with a letter last Friday that disclosed the alleged assault and informed them that police are investigating. Parents with concerns about the incident or the safety of students can call the administration.

In addition, the letter asked parents to remind children that “a school is a professional learning environment and that inappropriate displays of affection will not be tolerated.”

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