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What happened among children in a bathroom of Public School 194 in Harlem was unspeakable. How the adults failed them all was appalling.
The Daily News reports that a fifth-grade boy and two third-grade boys forced a third-grade boy to perform oral sex in the school bathroom in 2012. The fifth-grader is believed to have been about 12; the third-graders were 8.
While pre-pubescent sexual assaults are blessedly rare, there is evidence that school administrators might have expected this one — and thus spared its victim the trauma he suffered.
The fifth-grader had been accused of sexually abusing a classmate, a girl, two years earlier, when both were in third grade.
There is scant doubt the perpetrator is an extremely disturbed child, yet he was allowed to remain in the school. What was done for and about him are among numerous issues that Chancellor Dennis Walcott must investigate.
PS 194 is classified as “PERSISTENTLY DANGEROUS.” At the first incident, the principal was Charyn Koppelson, who was reprimanded for failing to tell supervisors about her drunken driving arrest in 2008 and disciplined in 2011 for failing to report that EMS had been summoned to aid a student.
The Education Department removed Koppelson last year, reassigning her to serve as a fill-in principal. For Walcott: If Koppelson was not fit for dismissal, what principal or what teacher is?
Walcott must also examine the actions of Koppelson’s replacement, Josephine Bazan, and guidance counselor Alicia Blackwood after the victimized 8-year-old reported the assault.
Bazan left it to the boy’s mother to call police, whose intervention placed the fifth- and third-graders in Family Court. Blackwood, meanwhile, recommended 10- and five-day suspensions.
That call was woefully absurd. Punishment is not the issue when young children initiate or are pressed into sexually aberrant behavior. Instead, the situation called for psychiatric study and close scrutiny of HOME lives. Walcott must identify all the failures and determine whether protocols are up to preventing a recurrence of such a horror.
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