Pleasant Grove Independent School District Superintendent Jason Smith talks about what the district is doing and has done after receiving reports that five of its students sexually assaulted another student during a bus ride home from a game against Paris.

Smith said after he was made aware of the situation, he and his district immediately began evaluating current extracurricular transportation practices.

“We will continue to evaluate our practices,” Smith said, “to ensure a high level of supervision is maintained.”

Immediately following the incident, Smith said “some of the students involved” were removed from the classrooms and will not be allowed to return pending district determination of investigative findings.

Texarkana Police Public Information Officer Shawn Vaughn said no further information has become available since late last week when investigators decided to put a hold on issuing the warrants to the children. Felony warrants were originally issued for five students ranging in ages 13-14.

“While officers were working with the students’ parents to arrange for the students to turn themselves in,” Vaugh said, “new information was revealed”

What that information is, however, has yet to be released.

Smith did, however, say the district is working closely with the police to ensure a thorough investigation.

“We are sensitive to promoting and providing a culture of high moral character throughout our school system. It is my priority to ensure that all children at PGISD are in a safe environment,” Smith said. “This is a serious incident and we are taking these allegations seriously.”

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