A California preschool is reportedly closing its doors amidst allegations of sexual activity among several of its students.
A California preschool is reportedly shutting down after disturbing
allegations of sexual activity among several of its 4- and 5-year-old
First Lutheran Church of Carson School is closing midsemester amid
reports that two boys received oral sex from a 5-year-old girl on school
grounds, according to KABC-TV.
Attorney Greg Owen, who is representing some of the children's
families, said the sexual acts took place at nap time, at a school
playground and at an outside bathroom.
"It all boils down to a lack of supervision," Owen told ABC News.
"There were times when teachers would let aides in the room for hours at
a time to watch the kids. During nap time, the aides would be sleeping,
and the children would have been molesting each other during this
Owen is representing several parents who are planning to file a lawsuit
against the Carson, Calif., school, which has allegedly been cited by
the California Department of Social Services for "at least one sexual
incident that involved young students."
School officials told KABC that its decision to close comes after the
school director resigned due to personal reasons and has nothing to do
with the allegations.
Parent Richard McCarthy says that's far from the truth.
He said his son received oral sex from the young girl on multiple occasions.
Richard McCarthy says his son received oral sex from a 5-year-old girl multiple times.
"He told me about all the bad things that girl had been doing to him,"
McCarthy told the local station. "It went down in the classroom, it went
down in the bathroom and it went down out on the playground."
At least one other boy allegedly received oral sex from the same girl.
"Their lives will be ruined in many ways," Owen told ABC News of the children. "And we know there are many more (victims)."
Parents, meanwhile, are struggling to find new schools for their kids.
"There's no way I can just take him to another school and be that
parent that just lets a predator loose," McCarthy said of his son. "How
else do you explain it?"
McCarthy said he spoke to three other parents who are worried about sending their kids elsewhere.
"Parents are saying, ‘My child is now a predator. Now how can I let him go to another school?’" he explained.
"There were many children lying there, and they watched these acts. In
our business and in psychological terms, that's sexualizing a child at a
on Feb. 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM