A 7-year-old boy was removed from his elementary school after he allegedly groped an 8-year-old female classmate on two separate occasions. According to Kimberly Weiss, the victim's mother, the first time her daughter was groped, the boy was suspended for a day and then allowed back in the same classroom as her daughter. But the second time her daughter was assaulted, she says the principal gave her two choices: The boy could either be transferred to a different classroom, or her daughter could switch schools. Yes, she was told her daughter could switch schools after being groped. And adding insult to injury, Weiss said the principal asked her why her daughter didn't "punch the boy in the face" after the incident.
The district eventually stepped in and the boy was removed from school, but not before Kimberly sent out fliers to each and every parent in the class, explaining the situation and warning them that their children could be at risk, also.
It isn't a traditional route to go, sending home a flier, but at that point, what choice did this mother have? The situation was being handled incredibly poorly, and, clearly that would get the attention of the school. But more so, wouldn't you want to know if your child was in the same classroom as a kid who's been groping other students? Informing other parents of potential risks to their children, in any situation, is always the right thing to do.
My heart breaks for this little girl and her poor mother. I can't imagine a worse feeling than having your child come home and tell you that they were violated -- more than once. And then to feel completely unheard and helpless when you try to take action? Truly a parent's nightmare. All any mother wants is for her kids to always be safe and happy, but sadly, we can't protect them from everything that happens. When something out of our control hurts our children it's like a knife to our hearts.
Thankfully, Kimberly's daughter can now go to school without having to worry about this particular boy -- and other parents can rest easy knowing he's gone. But from the sounds of things, the little 8-year-old who was assaulted still has a long way to go before she's "okay." She hasn't returned to school yet, and is still afraid.
"I’ve been trying to talk to her," Kimberly said. "I don’t know if she’s afraid. I don’t know if it’s that she’s ashamed. I don’t know if she’s embarrassed. I don’t know if it’s that, I just know she really doesn’t want to."
Hoping Kimberly's daughter opens up to her soon, and that she never has to deal with something like this again. Awful.
What would you do if this happened to your child?
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