Elementary student assaulted on school bus

February 25, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
A Fayetteville mother says her 10-year-old daughter was riding the school bus home, when two 9-year-old boys held her down and assaulted her.

"To me it's attempted rape," the victim's mother said. "Two boys held her down, one was holding her mouth so she couldn't holler or scream for help and the other boy [was] on top of her trying to hump her."

The incident occurred on Feb. 21. According to the sheriff office's report, the school bus driver reported the incident to the assistant principal.

"It's being investigated right now as sexual battery; there is still a lot of investigating that has to be done," Cumberland County Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Debbie Tanna said.

The elementary school principal told Eyewitness News, she had taken the appropriate disciplinary actions --which the victim's mother says was temporarily suspending the two boys from riding the bus, not from school.

The mother says her daughter is not only traumatized by the incident, but also taunted and teased.

"She has to see this one boy everyday in school because their classrooms are right next to each other, so she can't escape him," the mother added. "I know she has nightmares, she hollers at night; I heard her last night hollering in her sleep."

The victim's mother says she was told that what happened to her daughter has also happened to others.

That is one reason she says she wants to go public with her daughter's ordeal -- to warn other parents so they can talk with their children and more victims can come forward.

The school's principal says in light of the mother wanting to press charges, she is continuing her investigation into the incident and will again follow up with the appropriate action.


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