Tavio De'Shawn Whitehead

Tavio De’Shawn Whitehead

HIGH POINT — Police say they know more about the events leading up to an assault that was partially caught on camera at High Point Central High School.

Tavio De’Shawn Whitehead, 17, of 513 N. Centennial St. is charged with first-degree rape and felony assault by strangulation inflicting serious injury.

He is accused of attacking another student at the high school on Ferndale Boulevard shortly after school ended Wednesday, police said.

High Point Police Capt. Mike Ellenberger said the alleged rape happened inside the school but not in a classroom or bathroom. He declined to elaborate.

The school has cameras, he said, which recorded part of the incident between Whitehead and the alleged victim.

Ellenberger said police are investigating how Whitehead and the victim know each other.

“They’re not strangers, but it’s unclear how well they knew each other,” he said.

The victim went to the hospital following the alleged assault.

“The whole incident was pretty bad,” Ellenberger said.

He said the incident has been difficult for the other students at the high school, as well. “They now know something like that has happened,” he said.

Guilford County Schools made available school counselors to speak to students. GCS also is examining safety procedures to see if anything can be done differently, spokeswoman Nora Shoptaw said.

Whitehead was jailed with bail set at $500,000.

He has no prior record in Guilford County, Ellenberger said, adding that Whitehead has lived in the county for a few months.

His next court date is Oct. 23.

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