An elementary school in Plainview, Texas, has come under fire for its handling of a distressing case of assault involving a 6-year-old girl and several male classmates. The girl, whose identity remains protected, reportedly found herself at the center of a horrific case of assault perpetrated by fellow students, which has exposed a web of secrecy within the school’s walls.
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The young victim’s great aunt, Raquel Medina, and the victim’s cousin Heather took to Facebook Live to share the horrifying details of the assault, expressing their frustration with the lack of information provided by the district superintendent and school administration.
Medina raised concerns when she noticed a significant shift in her niece’s behavior in the weeks leading up to the incident. Disturbed by her symptoms of sleeplessness, under-eye bags, loss of appetite, bedwetting, and persistent stomach aches, the aunt embarked on a quest for answers, unknowingly unearthing a deeply disturbing truth.
The brave child confided in Medina, recounting a series of traumatic events that had unfolded within the supposedly safe confines of Plainview South Elementary on April 19. She revealed that a male student had brazenly exposed himself to classmates in the lunch line, setting the stage for further depravity.
The girl disclosed that she had been forcefully pulled beneath a table, where she was coerced into engaging in inappropriate acts with a male pupil, while another student filmed the assault using a school iPad.
According to the aunt, the victim’s parents were not informed of the incident until several days later, causing further outrage among the family and community members. It was only after the aunt personally visited the school on April 27th that she was able to contact the investigator assigned to the case.
Shockingly, the family has reportedly still not been allowed to see the video of the assault.
According to their account, the assault happened under the teacher’s watch but the teacher, Mrs. Holt, was unaware of what was happening as she was listening to music on her headphones.
The victim’s family claims that this is not the first incident of bullying and sexual misconduct at Plainview South Elementary. Other parents have allegedly reported similar incidents to school employees, contradicting the administrators’ claims that no other reports had been made this year.
In another disturbing revelation, it has been disclosed that a previous sexual assault case occurred in the school system under Superintendent H.T. Sanchez’s supervision in 2016. The delayed reporting of that incident has raised concerns about the school’s commitment to ensuring student safety.
The community has rallied behind the victim’s family, demanding immediate action and accountability. While Holt was reportedly placed on administrative leave, numerous parents and concerned citizens who have voiced their support, do not believe that is enough and are calling for her termination as well as that of Sanchez and Principal Mrs. Hughey.
They argue that the safety award the school received recently does not reflect the reality of what is happening within the classrooms.
The school district has, however, maintained that what happened that day was not an assault but rather a mutual inappropriate act between two young students. In a statement released on Wednesday, the district said that the video recorded did not indicate any form of “outcry for help or struggle.”