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Police investigating video of alleged East Chapel Hill High sex assault

Police are investigating a video posted to social media that may show a 15-year-old student being sexually assaulted at East Chapel Hill High School, a spokesman said Monday.

The girl’s mother, who has not been identified, shared her story with WRAL over the weekend. The mother said two male ECHHS students took her daughter, a special-needs student, into a stairwell at the school and forced her to perform sex acts.

The girl was too scared to report it, the mother told WRAL. She learned about it three weeks ago from a friend whose daughter had seen the video on the social media app Snapchat.

The school’s resource officer reported the video to police Nov. 2, Chapel Hill Police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said. It is being investigated as a possible “Internet crime,” he said.

The girl’s mother has not contacted police or filed a report about the assault, he said, but officers will contact her as part of their investigation.

A search warrant was issued for a cell phone belonging to one of the male students, he said. The warrant has been sealed because the students involved are all juveniles. The male students are between 13 and 15 years old, he said.

The girl was transferred to another school after classmates started bullying her about the video, the mother told WRAL. The bullying has continued at her daughter’s new school, she said.

ECHHS Principal Eileen Tully called parents Sunday to address the news report.

“This type of behavior, or any actions that bring harm to our students, will never be tolerated in our school,” Tully said in a recorded message. “This matter is extremely concerning.”

“In the case at hand, I am limited in what I can tell you, but rest assured we took appropriate action at the school with those involved and immediately contacted the Chapel Hill police for assistance. This matter is currently under investigation by the police department and we are cooperating with them fully.”

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb