A six-year-old girl was allegedly forced by classmates to perform a sex act that they filmed on a school-issued iPad.
The horrifying incident at a Texas elementary school came to light when the first-grade class teacher noticed one of the class iPads had been locked with a password. When it was unlocked, “inappropriate content” was discovered, according to a statement from the school district.
Furious parents who have been protesting and demanding answers at Plainview South Elementary School say the incident was not an isolated one.
“There have been multiple moms coming out about stuff that has been happening all year and nothing is being done about it,” one parent said. “It’s hit its peak and that’s why we are here today, to get answers.”
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Another parent at the protest added: “My daughter comes home with bruises and rashes if she doesn’t participate in these little boys’ sick games.
“They will punch her, give her Indian burns, they’ll call her names and cuss at her.”
Heather Gonzales, an older cousin of the six-year-old girl, told a local television station that the girl’s family noticed a sudden change in her behaviour.
She reportedly revealed that a boy had exposed himself to her in the school lunch line and that she had also been pulled under a desk and pressured to perform a sex act while another student recorded it.
“She said she was hitting him with a poetry book,” said Ms Gonzales, noting that the video showed her cousin did her best to fight back. The girl reportedly claimed the incident did not stop “until they let me go”.
Last night, the school in Plainview, 50 miles north of Lubbock, said it would not be opening on Monday, May 8, because of threats of violence to staff members.
The school district statement noted that the alleged incident “occurred away from the full vision of the teacher” while she was working with other students.
The teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.