Sexual Assault in School Gets Covered...

Sexual Assault in School Gets Covered Up!

Posted in the Huron Forum

Stephanie

Huron, SD

#1 Nov 27, 2007
Dear Parents of the Huron School District;
I am writing this letter to all of you under great concern for my child and the children enrolled in the Huron School District. Three weeks ago my 3rd grade child was sexually assaulted by another child while at school. My child confided in me about a week after the assault happened telling me he was afraid to go back to school with this child after this and many other abusive incidents have occurred. Not only did the child sexually assault him but also continuously assaulted him daily since the beginning of the 07-08 school year. The child also threatened him & told him if he told anybody of the sexual assault he would hurt him bad. I promised my child he would be protected and that this wouldn’t happen again. When I met with the school principle regarding the sexual assault he told me that “boys do silly things” and we shouldn’t take the boys actions seriously. The school has taken no disciplinary action for this child regarding this incident.
It is not only my child that this has happened to, my son has named one other student as well that the school says they already knew of. Children have been expelled from school for assault in the past, however the principle would rather transfer my son to another school instead of expel this child from school. The child who is now still in class, free to do the same thing to other children, because he has done it twice before and received no discipline. My child has been out of school for two weeks in result of a sexual assault the school will not take seriously. I asked the superintendent if my son were a girl and this boy sexually assaulted her on the playground, would the boy suffer consequences? He answered probably yes.
So since we are forced to send our children to school in a district that won’t protect their rights to safety, I am protecting his rights by keeping my son out of contact with this child. Now the school has threatened to report my child to a truant officer. They say it is my fault he is missing school. Sexual assault is against the law and because the child is under 10 years of age, the crime goes unpunished. This is definitely an act of discrimination since “boys do silly things”. My boy doesn’t think it’s so silly. He was greatly offended and within the Huron School District, he will go unprotected because he is a boy and not a girl.
Thank you for taking the time out to read of this problem with the Huron School District and I hope you will also take the time out to do something about it.
Nonny

United States

#2 Dec 5, 2007
I would suggest writing a letter to the board in Huron as well as to Pierre. While waiting the outcome of this, I would just put him on a bus to Wolsey as they have a good school there. This principal needs to be scolded himself by those higher up than him.
eastrivernewsDOT org

United States

#3 Dec 24, 2007
It's an outrage such things happen in school's. Our children are suppose to be safe in school!

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