Bixby community says sexual assault charges may not be enough
BIXBY, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Bixby community reacts to the news that there could be another victim in the sexual assault case and their feelings about the administration's handling of the incident from September 2017.
Former Bixby High School student Wintress McDougal says she can't escape the news of the alleged sexual assault by some of the school's football players.
"I've just been in random places, like out eating at a restaurant, wearing a Bixby hoodie, and they're like, 'You go to Bixby, did you hear about what happened,'" the 17-year-old says.
McDougal says it puts the whole school in a very bad light, but she doesn't mind at all.
"If it's happening there, people need to know about it," she says. "School is supposed to be a safe place, and that's not right."
Over at the local laundromat is another life-long Bixby resident, Sarah Tilly, who's not afraid to speak her mind.
"I think all the teenagers should be prosecuted, along with the superintendent and everybody else who tried to cover it up," she says.
Tilly doesn't doubt for a second that certain school officials may have tried to cover the incident up in the beginning.
"Absolutely," she says. "I think there was a cover-up. I think [former BPS Superintendent Kyle Wood] knew all along."
Don't get Tilly wrong though, she loves her town, and what's happening at the school isn't what she wants Bixby to be known for.
"It's a bad thing to see my hometown, the town I take pride in, to see this being what's represented as our town," Tilly says.
But like McDougal, Tilly says people should know what may have happened here if only to bring about some kind of change.