Community Members Demand Answers From OPS Over Alleged Sexual Assault Of An 8-Year-Old
CREATED Apr. 27, 2013
Omaha, NE -- The fallout over an alleged sexual assault on an 8-year-old girl on a playground at Belvedere Elementary in February is continuing this weekend.
On Saturday, community members gathered to demand answers from OPS.
Concern and change were the focus of the gathering of North Omaha community members.
"OPS needs to be accountable for what happens at school," said Denise Counsin, a concerned citizen.
Prosecutors have charged three 8-year-old boys in the alleged attack.
The group said they are concerned about the incident itself and the events that followed.
"It appears as if it's supposed to be slid under the rug, and we're supposed to continue business as usual," said Cousin. "But not for our children."
The attorney for the victim's family said the girl's parents weren't told about the incident until five hours after it happened, and the family had to call police themselves.
Since the incident became public, OPS has not commented on what happened.
"We cannot allow this to continue in the OPS system," said Cheryl Weston, a concerned citizen. "Although it may not be a city council or mayoral issue, it is an issue that is affecting the citizens of Omaha, particularly the children of Omaha."
The little girl's parents have pulled her out of Belvedere and have her in counseling.