A frustrated Texas mother says that her eight-year-old son was sexually assaulted on a school bus by two other eight-year-old boys, and when she reported the incident to police officials, “nothing was being done about it,” reported NBC Chicago.
On the morning of February 18, the woman’s – whose name is being withheld to protect the family – she learned that two others – also eight – “pulled down her son’s pants, performed a sexual act and beat him up” as he was on his way to school.
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“This is a scrape mark from when he was punched and kicked in the stomach,” the mother told reporters as she pointed at her son’s, who is a first-grader at Northbrook Elementary in northwest Fort Worth, stomach. Initially, her son was petrified to tell her about the incident because the two boys told him that if he told anybody, “they’ll hurt me again” and said that he’ll “be in trouble, too.”
However, the young boy did confide in someone else who eventually told his mother. She said that this isn’t the first time he was bullied, but it is in fact the first time that he was sexually assaulted. She told a reporter that “This escalated from a bullying to a full-blown sexual assault.”
Sgt. Steve Enright, who is with the spokesperson for Fort Worth police, stated that an investigation is underway, but added that if the children that sexually assaulted the Texas boy on the school bus is eight-years-old, “there is little that the police can do.” According to Star-Telegram, the law states that if a child, who is under the age of 10, commits a crime, they cannot be charged.
“A report has been filed and is assigned to the crimes against children unit,” Enright said in a media release. “It is under investigation, and no further information is being released.” Child Protective Services are also conducting their own investigation.
“Where is the magic line? That is the question,” the boy’s mother said after learning her son’s alleged rapists cannot be charged. “And what is the degree of crime that they can commit before they say, ‘You know what? Maybe you do need some sort of court intervention.'”
After the boy’s mother went public about her son being sexually assaulted on a school bus, the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District released a statement, stating that “As soon as school and district personnel were made aware of the report, we responded immediately and have put every measure into place that we legally can to protect and support those involved in this matter. We have been in ongoing communication with the parents, police, bus company, campus administrators and all appropriate authorities.”
The school district spokeswoman Megan Overman stated that after the incident was reported, they have added an adult bus monitor to accompany the driver to ensure that the incident does not reoccur. However, the spokeswoman failed to mention what actions they will take against the two boys who allegedly sexually assaulted the Texas woman’s son on the school bus.
Overman added that “The district is working closely with all parties and appropriate action is being taken in accordance with the student code of conduct.”
The boy’s mother says she wants the two boys that sexually assaulted her son on the school bus to be expelled; however, it doesn’t appeared that the duo will face any consequences for their actions as they are too young to be charged with a crime.
But the boy’s mother is furious, saying that her “son is now going to have to go to a school where his attackers are going to be, and that’s not fair with him being the victim.”
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