BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) -
Brockton police say a 16-year-old boy is charged with raping a 14-year girl two weeks ago as the two walked home from school.
The 14-year-old girl told police it happened on a pathway near a playground about a mile away from the school.
Police say both are eighth-graders at the Oscar F. Raymond Middle School.
The alleged assault occurred on March 6 went unreported for six days. When it was reported, the 16-year-old was arrested the next day.
School Superintendent Kathleen Smith refused to comment on the allegations citing the level of sensitivity with the case and the ages of those involved.
"This is a troubling situation. We are doing our best to protect the privacy of the victim; she is our first priority and we are committed to ensuring that she and her family have all of the support they need," Smith said.
The school said that the student charged was suspended indefinitely.
Parents were alarmed that they were not notified by the school that the incident occurred, and some are calling for a stronger police presence.
"I have a daughter, too and I'm scared just to even put her in Brockton High School. I'm scared of the fact that being bullied and also being the fact of, you know, things that could lead on to sexual attacks and everything like that," said parent Jessica Figueroa.