Where Did They Learn It?

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Three third graders are accused of sexually assaulting a classmate. The report brings up a lot of questions like why would they do such a thing? Where did they learn it? Channel Six talked with a child counselor to get those answers.

Afternoon recess on the playground at Belvedere Elementary turned into a terrifying situation for one little girl. "This was 3 boys against one girl, one holding each arm, one holding a hand over her mouth so she couldn't be heard, the other one straddled on top of her trying to take her shirt off," said Brian Jorde.

Brian Jorde is now representing the girl’s family. The three boys and the girl are in the third grade. He says other students came to her rescue. Now the parents want to know, where was the adult supervision? Jorde said there was one teacher watching two classes, around 50 students, at recess that day. “They want a message to be sent and the school district to have to answer to this.”

The big question, why would young boys do such a thing? Linda Dowden deals with these types of cases as a child counselor with Transformation Life Center. She says it’s a learned behavior. “Any sexualized behavior for kids is either something that's happened to them or they've been exposed to it in one way or another.”

That’s why she says it is so important for parents to censor what their kids see. “We need to know what it is and what they're participating in and be more involved in their lives,” said Dowden.

As for the little girl she has been transferred to another school. Her parents are hoping this will lead to some changes on the playground.

OPS said they can’t comment on the case. They’re looking into adult supervision during recess.

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