CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating a possible assault and hazing incident that happened during a swim meet held in Corpus Christi. It involves Sharyland High School from outside of Mission, which is in the Rio Grande Valley, about two-and-a-half hours from Corpus Christi.
CCPD is investigating because the incident happened within its jurisdiction.
“I have a freshman here and I’m very concerned for his safety,” said one parent.
CCISD police said the incident happened during a private-school swim event in Corpus Christi; not a CCISD event.
Sharyland Independent School District sent out a letter to parents Friday stating that the incident happened during Fall 2019.
CCPD has confirmed the incident was reported as an assault and hazing incident, not a sexual assault, despite social media speculation.
They couldn't give us many details -- including the location of where it happened -- because the investigation involves several minors.
But the lack of disclosure is what parents and community members in Mission say is troubling.
“If y'all don't do your job, you're going to be replaced,” said one community member.
Last night, Sharyland ISD held a school board meeting. Community members and parents expressed their frustrations regarding how long the district waited to notify parents.
“I’m too mad, I’m too mad, and I have the right to be,” said another parent.
In the letter to parents Sharyland ISD said once it found out about the incident they notified the Mission Police Department, Corpus Christi PD and Child Protective Services.
Sharyland ISD says it did punish those involved in accordance to the student code of conduct, their district policy, and Texas law. The results of law enforcements investigation are still pending. We'll continue to follow this, as we receive more information.