Police are investigating a middle school girl’s report that she was raped at Roots International Academy in East Oakland last month, Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said today.The incident allegedly occurred at the end of an after school program at the school, which is located at 1390 66th Ave., between 4 and 5 p.m. on Jan. 26, but the girl’s family didn’t report it until Feb. 2, Flint said.The school’s staff notified the Oakland Police Department and school district officials immediately after the incident was reported, but didn’t send a letter to the families of the school’s students until last Friday, three days after learning of the girl’s account, he said.Flint said school and district officials decided to wait until Friday “to protect the integrity of the investigation and protect the identity of the victim and the potential suspects.”He said investigators wanted to talk to potential suspects and witnesses “before they had a chance to get their stories together,” something he said might have happened if they knew the district and police were already investigating the matter.Flint said students at Roots “were not in immediate danger” because there were increased police patrols at the school and a heavy presence by school district administrators.The person or persons who may have attacked the girl may attend one of two small middle schools on the campus, he said.However, the investigation is still ongoing and no one has been detained or singled out as a suspect yet, according to Flint.He declined to disclose the alleged victim’s age or say if she’s still attending the school. Flint said the school district and school staff are reviewing the campus’design,surveillance and supervision to see what might prevent sexual assaults in the future. The school is near 66th Avenue and International Boulevard, which Flint said borders the territories of three rival gangs who often clash with one another. “It’s undecided turf,” Flint said.However, there’s no indication at this time that gangs were involved in the alleged sexual assault, he said.
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