RIALTO, Calif. – FOX 11 learns disturbing new allegations against an elementary school in Rialto.
An 8-year-old girl can’t even repeat what she’s read on a computer reading app, shared by her classmates at Charlotte Werner Elementary, because she’s too ashamed of the words. But her aunt can, angrily, as she claims a 9-year-old boy in the girls’ class wrote that he wanted to rape her and another classmate.
“She was crying and saying ‘aunty, I don’t want to go to school tomorrow’. On the boy’s profile it said she was going to be raped, along with another girl because (explicitly) it tasted so good She then went to her teacher,” the girl’s aunt, Meghann Bates, said.
“I told my teacher there was something really gross and he said okay I’ll check after recess. They asked if I could tell them what it said and I said said no, so they gave me a piece of paper to write it down,” the 8-year-old told FOX 11.
According to the family, school officials refused to let her call her family, even asking her to delete the message and supposedly telling the family later that the boy ‘didn’t look like that kind of kid’. .
The same family, who recently moved to Rialto, say they have had to remove the girls’ older cousins from middle school in Rialto, where they are supposed to be slapped, touched and squeezed every week. They insist that certain days of the week are known as “slapping (behind) Friday” or “grabbing (girls’ chest) day” or even “squeezing (boy’s) Monday”.
Officials from both schools referred FOX 11 to Rialto Unified, where they are already facing the arrest of two vice principals at one of their high schools for allegedly not reporting sexual abuse reported to them by students.
District officials say they are investigating and cooperating with Rialto Police on the incoming allegations.
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The school district released the following statement: “The District recently became aware of allegations of student misconduct that allegedly occurred at various schools in the District. While these allegations are under investigation, legal constraints prevent us from publicly commenting on these matters. The District assures its community that the safety and security of District students is our top priority.
The district will work cooperatively with law enforcement and has launched its own investigations into these allegations. The District will not release any information related to these matters as these matters are protected by privacy laws protecting students and employees.
We understand and share the community’s concern about these serious allegations and want the community to know that the district is taking positive steps to protect our students from harm.
We encourage anyone who feels they have been the victim of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior to report it to a teacher, counselor or administrator.”
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