Hundreds of students at Madison East High School and others around the district walked out of school Friday morning to demand the district improve policies on responding to sexual misconduct and help students and staff understand how to report incidents, and what happens after they report them.
The students criticized the administration's response to the incident, with the accused in attendance at school on Monday while the victim stayed home because she felt unsafe.
The physical altercation occurred near the school during an open-campus lunch, Principal Sean Leavy said in a statement to families.
Former principal Brendan Kearney announced his resignation earlier this summer, moving to another school district to support a family member through a terminal illness.
The Madison School District announced the hire a new principal for East High School Thursday, after former principal Brendan Kearney told parents in an email last week that he will not return for the 2021-22 school year.