Rape prompts Florida middle school to alter locker room policy


By Colleen Jenkins
St. Petersburg Times
TAMPA — Walker Middle School is altering its guidelines for locker room supervision in the wake of rape allegations.

Students no longer will be allowed inside locker rooms without a coach or administrator present, school district spokesman Stephen Hegarty said Friday. The rooms will be locked at all other times.

Hegarty confirmed Friday that no adults were around when, according to authorities, a 13-year-old member of the school’s flag football team was repeatedly sexually abused last spring with a broom handle and hockey stick by four older teammates.

Some parents of witnesses said this week they were concerned by the lack of adult supervision.

Hegarty pointed out that coaches had several duties after practices, including getting kids off the field, into the locker room to retrieve their things and then making sure they got into the right car to go home. Full story.

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