2005-06-10 / Community

MS 180 Parent Charges Cover Up In Sexual Assault

By Howard Schwach

The parent of an eighth grade student at Middle School 180 in Rockaway Beach is charging that her daughter was “almost raped” in a twenty-minute chase throughout the school and that, while many adults saw the event, nobody stopped it or reported it to authorities.

“Nobody followed through,” said Alma Hunter. “In that 20 minutes, at least a dozen adults saw them, but they all thought they were fooling around.”

Hunter said that the problem started at the end of the final period of the day on Friday, May 27.

She said that her daughter was trying to get to the after school program run by the Action Center when the boy came up to her and told her that “he was going to rip off her shirt.”

She began to run in a chase that lasted until they got to the deserted second floor of the building, Hunter said.

According to Hunter, the boy then grabbed his daughter from behind, hugged her and began to hit her on the back.

He continued telling her that he was going to rip off her shirt and do something to her, according to the mother.

Finally, a teacher came along and told them to stop fooling around. The girl managed to disengage herself and get to the after school program.

Officials at that program, the mother said, called both police and the mother.

Hunter claims that the school never called the police and that the boy remains in school. A Department of Education spokesperson, however, told The Wave on Monday that the 100 Precinct had been called and that the boy was suspended.

The Wave is withholding the name of the boy because of his age.

While Hunter said that her daughter was traumatized on Monday when she saw the boy in school, school officials say that he was in school to take a standardized test, as mandated by education law.

School officials would not speculate on the outcome of the boy’s suspension hearing, which could find him back

at MS 180 or transferred to another school.

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