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SCS clarifies Hopson's statement at board meeting

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Shelby County Schools Interim Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is trying clarify a statement he made Tuesday evening during a school board meeting That has upset some community leaders.

The comment Hopson made involves the alleged rape Aug. 14 between two East High School students. According to the affidavit, an 18-year-old female student said she was sexually assaulted inside the school by a 16-year-old boy.

The accused teen attacker was arrested and later released. Charges are still pending and the case is still under investigation. The attorney for the 16-year-old boy tells FOX 13 News the rape charges were downgraded from aggravated rape to simple rape.

At Tuesday's SCS school board meeting the interim superintendent described the crime "wasn't a case."

"There was a report last week that a student was raped in East High School and if you look closely that wasn't the case," he said.

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Wednesday morning the interim superintendent's office released this statement:

"To provide context and clarification regarding a comment made by Superintendent Dorsey Hopson at last night's (8/20) Board Work Session, please understand that the alleged sexual assault of a student at East High School remains under investigation by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

"Our overriding goal as a district is to protect the privacy and safety of both students involved in this matter, and of all students and employees in any such sensitive matters. Superintendent Hopson's comments were intended to urge the media and public not to rush judgment about this open investigation. He did not mean to imply there has been any determination in this case. The Sheriff's Department reported this week that the accused student has been released, but that the matter remains under investigation."

FOX 13's Sarah Bleau contributed to this story.

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