CREATED Apr. 30, 2013
Omaha, NE - New documents show just how Belvedere Elementary handled a situation on a playground. The incident happened in February on the school playground. An 8-year-old girl said three boys pinned her down; one took off her coat, and unbuttoned her shirt. Omaha police say they arrested the boys, all 8-years-old, and booked them for attempted sexual assault.
Belvedere principal, Christina Windsor, asked a few of the parents involved to meet at the school the evening of the alleged incident. The president of the Omaha Education Association says there is no OPS policy stating parents of school related incidents should meet.
Due to that request, a father of the victim is headed to court because of the way he reacted to Windsor's request. Five hours after the assault, the school's principal asked the girl's father to meet with the parent of the 8-year-old boys. Brian Jorde is the attorney representing the family of the little girl who said she was attacked. Jorde says, "One of the parents of the boys was extremely vocal, the principal was worried she couldn't handle the situation but you certainly don't ask the father of the victim to try and help out."
According to a police report, the victim's father threw a plastic file divider at a computer while swearing. Windsor called police and by the time they arrived, the girl's father had left. Police later cited him for disorderly conduct.
Chris Proulx is the president of the Omaha Education Association. He says he's unsure why Windsor made the suggestion for parents to meet. "It would be hard for me as a parent to sit down if my child was assaulted, with anyone, period," says Proulx. He goes on to say, "As a teacher there are expectations that adults will act like adults and have a conversation appropriately. If it does get to the point where things get physical, it would be wise to have security come in or police and break up the situation."
Action 3 News has obtained a copy of a letter sent to parents of Belvedere on April 24. It states: This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred at recess on the school playground on February 13. Three students were disciplined under the code of conduct for assault of a student, bullying and harassment. Confidentiality issues prevent the school from sharing any other details.
The letter goes on to say: At the time of the incident, police were notified and building administration communicated closely with district administrators. Child Protective Services was also informed of the event.
According to 911 records, the girl's mother called 9-1-1 the day after the attack, February 14. The next day, February 15, police came to the school to take a report, when someone at Belvedere called 9-1-1.
OPS continues their investigation, they say FERPA laws keep them from commenting.