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first_imgShawnee Mission East students wore black to school to raise awareness of sexual assault after an incident at the school last fall. Photo via Twitter.Shawnee Mission East students’ efforts to raise awareness of sexual assault draws national attention. A group of Shawnee Mission East students’ campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault was featured in an Associated Press article out this week. “Last September, police began investigating after a Kansas district received a report a boy had attacked a girl in a school bathroom. Students and parents didn’t find out until local news broke the story about a week later; the district said it didn’t go public because no one else was at risk,” reads the piece. “Feeling blindsided, a group of students at Shawnee Mission East High School in suburban Kansas City mobilized a response: Rally classmates to wear black clothing the next day. Social media spread the word as #WearBlackToStopAttacks, and several hundred students participated — as did more than a dozen schools in the region.” [Fighting back: Students, some schools take on sexual assault — Associated Press]Erin Smith wins prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair awards. Rising SM West senior Erin Smith continues to attract attention from some of the most prestigious science organizations in the country. This past week, she was in Los Angeles for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where she won the First Award and the Intel ISEF Best of Category Award in the behavioral and social sciences. In addition to prize money of $8,500, she also earned a trip to China, where she will participate in the China Adolescent Science and Technology Innovation Contest. [SM West Student is Winner at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair — Shawnee Mission School District]Family of Lichtenegger victims settles court case against church they say knew his history of abuse. The family of the two sisters who were sexually abused by Prairie Village native Kessler Lichtenegger in the summer of 2014 have settled a lawsuit they filed against the church where some of the criminal activity took place. The family of the girls, who were 11 and 13 at the time of the incidents, sued Westside Family Church in Lenexa last year alleging that church leaders were familiar with Lichtenegger’s history of sexual assault and abuse, and that they still permitted him to have access to female minors at the church. The father of the daughters says he is furious over the church’s behavior in the matter. “They knew his history and they knew he was a threat,” the father told the Star’s Eric Adler. “If he is that dangerous, how do you let him participate in VBS (vacation Bible school)?” [Sisters sexually abused by teen from Bible school settle lawsuit against Lenexa church — The Kansas City Star]last_img

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