By Associated Press - Monday, February 15, 2016

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - Dozens of people have gathered in Great Bend to protest what they say is the school district’s insufficient response to an alleged assault on an activity bus.

The crowd gathered outside a school district building Monday afternoon in support of a Great Bend High School student who reported being assaulted as the bus returned from a swim meet earlier this month.

Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz has called the incident an apparent hazing situation. His office is investigating, and he told TV station KWCH Monday he believes a crime was committed.

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed said at a press conference no serious criminal activity had occurred and “appropriate corrective action was taken.”

KAKE-TV reports protesters called for punishment for the accused students and new policies regarding school bus supervision.

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