Victim's Family Questions Playground Supervision


It was a playground attack involving nine-year-olds. And the victim's parents are asking where was the adult supervision.

According the victim's attorney there was only one adult with about 50 kids on the playground at Belvedere Elementary School on Febrary 13th when the incident occurred.

Don Goodell's grandson, who is a student at the school, was on the playground that day and helped stop the attack.

“He saw some boys attacking a girl. And he and some others jumped in throwing them off of her,” said Goodell.

The nine-year-old's parents want to know where the adults were when three third-grade boys held her down and tried to take off her shirt during noon recess.

Chris Proulx is the president or the Omaha Education Association, and says there can be blind spots on a playground.

“Definitely you would want to take into account your surroundings and how open things are. And can you adequately see all the kids all the time from wherever you are positioning yourself,” Proulx said.

The victim's parents were also upset that it took nearly five hours to be notified of the incident, and that the police were not called right away.

Omaha Public School's Board President Marian Fey says school policy requires the police to be called whenever a student is assaulted by another student.

“That's the expectation of the board. That policy will be followed,” says Fey. “That the authorities will be called in a timely manner. And if that's not done, then there will be disciplinary action.”

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says the three nine-year-old suspects are currently being evaluated by the Juvenile Assessment Center and are taking part in programs offered by Lutheran Family Services to help deal with behavior problems.


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