Greensboro, NC -- Three students under the age of 16 at Grimsley High School are facing charges related to prostitution, according to Greensboro Police.
Susan Danielsen, a spokesperson for the Greensboro Police Department, said the investigations started May 1 and charges were made the same day. Because all the involved suspects involved are juveniles, Danielsen said the department is limited on what information it can release to the media.
After the investigation, police charged one student with Prostitution, another student was charged with Solicitation and a third student was charged with Aiding & Abetting Prostitution.
A Guilford County Schools spokesperson said the money involved in this case totaled $20.
The alleged incident happened on campus at Grimsley High School in May, Danielsen said. She said the incident appears to isolated to this one and officers don't believe anyone else was involved.
Guilford County Schools released the following statement to WFMY News 2:
"This is an isolated incident involving three under-aged teenagers, two female and one male, who made a series of bad decisions. Since student records are confidential, we are limited in what we can share. However, these students have been disciplined for their behavior and may face criminal charges as well."
Guilford County Schools says counselors are available to speak to students. However, there is no formal effort to address this subject with students.
Col. Randy Powers with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office said the crime is unusual in the Triad. "It's the first time we have heard of such a thing in this area. That doesn't mean it hasn't existed. But, it is something we've never dealt with in the past," Col. Powers said.
However, a member of the Act Together Crisis Care Shelter, said this is a crime that happens in the shadows. People don't talk about it and it's under the radar. The group works with at-risk youth every day.
Staff member Esther Ngo said, "It really is a reality. These kids are doing this. Some of the youth don't see another option because they just don't have those resources to have stable housing, stable food."