Officials at a prestigious New York middle school are accused of failing to act for weeks as a male student sexually abused and harassed a female classmate on campus.
The victim’s father told the New York Post that in September, the Marie Curie Middle School student began badgering his eighth-grade daughter about her bra size and having sex with him. The following month, the 13-year-old boy allegedly pulled his pants down in class and tried to goad another classmate into having the girl join him.
The father said school officials never informed him of the incident — and instead gave the boy detention and placed him in the back of the classroom. He told the Post that the sexual harassment only worsened.
Classmates alerted a teacher on November 26 when the boy allegedly commanded the girl to have sex with him and groped her leg and groin before grabbing her from behind. While officials contacted the girl’s parents after this incident, the father reportedly reached out to law enforcement after they hesitated to punish the boy.
The Post reported that the 13-year-old was arrested on forcible touching charges. Several other students corroborated the victim’s account that she repeatedly endured sexual harassment.
The victim’s father told the news outlet that his daughter was ashamed to tell them about what was going on at school. She reportedly told a doctor shortly after last month’s incident — and a teacher eventually told her parents about the October incident.
The victim’s parents have reportedly hired an attorney. A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed to the Post that they are investigating the matter.
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