Woman speaks of son's alleged sex abuse by peer
The mother of an alleged 6-year-old sexual assault victim spoke exclusively with News 12 Connecticut about her family's suffering.
"I just never imagined in my worst nightmares that it would happen at this early stage in our son's life," the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
The mother claims her son was assaulted in the boy's bathroom two weeks into the start of this school year at Stratford Academy. Two weeks later, she claims her son walked into the bathroom to witness the same alleged attacker performing sexual acts on another classmate. All three boys were 6 at the time.
According to the mother, the school restricted the alleged attacker to use only the nurse's bathroom, but says her son still sits in class with the boy every day.
The mother said having the child go to the bathroom in the nurse's office does not prevent him from assaulting somebody on the playground, or in the corner of a classroom. Her son still sits in class with the boy every day.
"If there are children out there that have been quietly suffering all year, it's the administration's fault" the mother of the victim said.
Tom Murphy from the state Department of Education commented that schools are responsible for providing a safe environment for learning. However, he also said they are limited in what they can tell parents.
"The school is not able to simply broadcast a student record to parents under federal law," Murphy said.
Attorney Nancy Freshman has been fighting for children's rights for the past 20 years. She says the school's first obligation is to prevent future attacks, despite calls for parents to be informed.
"The appropriate way is to make sure these two children are not in the situation where that could happen again," Freshman said.
The victim's mother said she feels the school has favored the rights of the alleged attacker over the rights of her son.
Stratford Academy's Principal Jack Lynch says the students are safe, but he declined to comment further. School Superintendent Irene Cornish was unavailable for comment.