The court ruling on a vicious and disheartening attack that took place at Norland Elementary School in Miami Gardens earlier this month, has left three young boys with several charges of sexual assault. Worse yet, it has left the victim, a 11-year old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, traumatized.
According to the arrest report, an11-year old boy and his friend, followed the victim into the bathroom stall at school and locked the door. After she was trapped, the boy “told the victim to get on her knees and unzipped his pants,” the arrest report said. Another two boys, an 11 and 13-year-old respectively, stood guard for any authoritative figures, the perpetrator forced the girl with autism to perform oral sex on him.
Although the girl with autism’s mother said that she did not discover her daughter’s plight until two days later, when Norland Elementary School officials notified her, family members claimed that they immediately noticed the girl’s change in behavior.
“She wouldn’t hold her head up, she wasn’t the same,” said the girl’s mother.
Saddened by her daughter’s suffering, she then took aim at the school saying that, “Two places your children should be safe: home and school…that should be a safe haven for them.”
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Charles Hurley said that the case “is a terrible, unfortunate incident.” He went on to comment about the nature of the attack, “I don’t know where youngsters are learning some of these things. These are acquired behaviors.”
A Norland Elementary School spokesperson said the three boys had been suspended and would be recommended for expulsion. The leader of the attack was charged with sexual battery on a child under 12 and with false imprisonment, while the two “lookouts” were charged with false imprisonment and as accessories to sexual battery.
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