Community Calls For OPS To Take Action

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Three third-grade boys are accused of sexually assaulting a classmate on the playground at school. The parents aren’t happy about how OPS handled the situation and now the community is calling for action.

Inside the Aframerican Bookstore, community members met Saturday to discuss their feelings about a sexual assault case at Belvedere Elementary that recently came to light. “It is an issue that's affecting the citizens of Omaha and the children of Omaha,” said Cheryl Weston.

“We support OPS, but we don't support the thing that's going on in OPS,” said Gannie Clark.

The boys are accused of holding a girl down and trying to pull her shirt up. Other students came to her rescue. Now these people question, where was the adult supervision? Why were the parents not notified until hours afterward? Why weren’t police called immediately?

“As parents and grandparents we need to be concerned of the safety of our children and why authorities are not following protocol or addressing the matter, it appears as if it's going to be slid under the rug,” said Denise Cousin.

The group is calling for accountability from OPS. “We need everybody to come together for this issue, we cannot allow this to continue within the OPS system,” said Weston. They say they want to make sure this case isn’t ignored.


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