ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ) – A group of Aberdeen High School students organized a walkout Wednesday morning to draw attention to allegations of sexual harassment and assault that have occurred on and off school grounds.
“This is very, very important to all of us,” said student Lydia Wuechner.
The students first gathered in front of the school’s front door on Paradise Road before the group headed for the welcome sign at the entrance. There, the students shared incidents of alleged harassment and assault that some students experienced.
Blue and purple handprints are painted on many of their clothes. The colors represent awareness and prevention of sexual abuse.
“We do not agree with any of this. None of us want to be touched inappropriately,” said student Amaya Brown.
On Wednesday, Harford County Public Schools spokeswoman Jillian Lader said “school administrators are acknowledging the consequences and impact the allegations have had on schools and want to ensure students are safe.” Students know they are there to support and ensure their safety.”
The protest came just days after some students began circulating a leaflet accusing the three male students of sexual harassment and assault. The statement called on the school to “take control of their students.”
“There were names associated with that flyer and as a result one of the individuals named on the flyer was assaulted,” said Lieutenant Will Reiber of the Aberdeen Police Department.
Police confirmed, the student who is believed to have committed the act of assault has been charged.
“Since the media coverage yesterday, we have had several reports of harassment or assault that have occurred at the station and we will monitor those specifics, ‘ said Lieutenant Reiber.
Police are asking anyone who has been a victim of a crime to file a report with their agency.
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