Mother says 6-year-old raped during after school program

May 13, 2010 5:35:32 AM PDT
A New York woman says her 6-year-old son was raped in a bathroom during an after school program."They should have been watching my son and keeping an eye on my son. I felt this should have never happened to my son at all," said the victim's mother.

The mother, who shall remain anonymous, is outraged at the idea that her 6-year-old son, was raped in a boys bathroom at PS-MS 42, by an 8-year-old boy, during an after school program.

"They left my son in the bathroom for over a half-an-hour. Not just my son. There was, like, 4 or 5 other kids in the bathroom, unsupervised," adds the mother.

Official reports by police, who were called by the parents, detail the accounts of three other boys said to have witnessed the April 21st attack. They told investigators and school administrators that the suspect partially undressed the alledged victim, sodomized and otherwise molested the 6-year-old.

"After they went back to the class, they tried to explain to the teacher what had happened to my son, and the teacher told them to go sit down," the mother said.

Attorney Robert Grey is representing the family in a lawsuit. "And in this case, the school was derelict in its duty to supervise children," he said.

But the Department of Education suggests there was no dereliction of duty. The after school program is run by the not-for-profit, junior tennis league, and in a statement to Eyewitness News, the department says, "Our review indicates that the reported incident occurred despite proper supervision. The junior tennis league has worked safely in our schools for well over ten years. Because it is imperative that we do everything possible to ensure that children are safe in school, we are working with the tennis league to reassess their safety procedures and strengthen them where appropriate."

The mother expects more than an official statement.

"They need to pay for what happened to my son; change policies, cause there's other kids in that school and I don't want no other kid to go through what my son went through," she adds.

The alleged victim has since been removed from the school.