Teen possibly contracted HIV after being sexually assaulted at high school, family says

State Attorney's Office to decide whether to file charges

By Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - A 14-year-old girl from Miami Gardens is waiting to see whether or not she contracted HIV, after she said three teenage boys sexually assaulted her several times at Miami Carol City Senior High School. 

In two of the incidents, the girl said she felt pressured into the act and made it clear she was uncomfortable. 

"He was holding onto my sweater really tight and I was trying to leave to get back to class, and he kind of just pulled me into the restroom," the teenage girl said. 

The teen's mother said the girl told a teacher about the incident and described how she was led into a bathroom stall, and she had cried about what happened. 

"I was so shocked and I was kind of traumatized, and I was scared in that moment that when I was in the restroom with him, I was never going to leave," the girl said. 

A few weeks after the last encounter, the mother said investigators told her that one of the boy's relatives came forward and said he was HIV positive -- a claim the boy's family later took back. 

"She also told me that this kid was sexually active around 12, 13 years old, so there could be more girls out there that don't know they are infected," the girl's mother said. 

In a statement, a representative from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools said, "School district administrators, in conjunction with Miami-Dade Schools Police, are thoroughly investigating. 

"Information regarding the case has been provided to the State Attorney's Office, as well as the Department of Children and Families.  At this time, since this is still an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide further comment."

The teen's mother said she wants justice for her daughter.

"I hope this doesn't happen to any other girl or guy. It's bad. I hope they get arrested," she said.  

The teen was put on medication to try and prevent the infection. 

Local 10 News was told that the three students were suspended, but the school district would not comment on the suspension. The teen has since withdrawn from the school. 

The State Attorney's Office has the case and will decide whether charges will be filed.  

Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez attempted to speak with students at the high school after classes were dismissed for the day, but school employees intervened, telling the students not to speak with Suarez and to keep walking. 

Students who he was briefly able to speak with said two of the teens who were suspended are now back in the classroom. 

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