Loose parts play at lyons school during summer break
The U.S. Department of Education, which supervises schools, told The Huffington Post Friday that the school district is investigating.
“We’re obviously upset by what has happened,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said after the news. “It has to be a serious matter. We’ve got to understand these kinds of activities.”
According to a spokesperson for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, officials have “taken immediate action and they continue to work with local leaders and community partners to identify and prevent future instances such as this.”
D.C. police have released a composite sketch of the suspect, which includes race, age, height and weight.
He is black, 18, with brown hair and brown eyes.
A school page that details the incidents on June 13 has been removed from the U.S. Department of Education website.
On July 12, the district posted messages on Facebook and Twitter asking parents to take action. A school page dedicated to a fundraiser for an extra teacher and extra counselors has also been taken down.jarvees.com
“Dear parents of any children at Lyons High School, we’ve heard your concerns and we’d like to apologize for the incident last week that led to a situation in which a child molestation occurred. We’re aware of some of your concerns and are investigating and will work hard to address it,” the message reads.
As for the boy, he is being charged with two counts of child molestation by a first offender.
The case was the latest in a series of high-profile cases involving schoolchildren who have been accused of sex crimes.
A California high school student was charged last year with sexual abuse after he allegedly had sex with 14-year-old students and sent a series of sexually explicit text messages to them.
In June, a Georgia freshman was charged with having sex with at least 16 victims, including several girls at his high school in Georgia.
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision in Connecticut to revoke a student’s diploma after school officials were reportedly told his father had molested him.
Updated: 5:14 p.m.