New outrage after TX school officials call child sex abuse claims ‘mutual’
THE PLAINVIEW INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT RELEASED NEW DETAILS ON WEDNESDAY AFTER REPORTS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AMONG FIRST GRADERS AT SOUTH ELEMENTARY LEFT PARENTS DEMANDING ANSWERS.
THE PISD STATEMENT CONTRADICTED THE ACCOUNT OF HEATHER GONZALES, THE COUSIN OF THE SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO SAYS SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY A CLASSMATE.
ACCORDING TO GONZALES, THE LITTLE GIRL WAS FORCED TO PERFORM A SEXUAL ACT ON ANOTHER STUDENT UNDER A DESK, WHILE OTHER STUDENTS CHEERED IT ON AND A THIRD STUDENT FILMED IT ON A SCHOOL-ISSUED IPAD. ACCORDING TO PLAINVIEW ISD, THE INCIDENT OCCURRED OUTSIDE THE TEACHER’S VISION. A TEACHER WHO’S BEEN AN EDUCATOR FOR 39 YEARS. BUT THE MAIN REASON THIS STORY WENT VIRAL, IS BECAUSE THE FAMILY SAYS THEY WERE NOT NOTIFIED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ALLEGED ASSAULT, AND THEY’VE YET TO SEE THE VIDEO.
NOW, SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE DISPUTING MS. GONZALES’ ACCOUNTS.
ACCORDING TO PISD, AUTHORITIES WHO REVIEWED THE VIDEO DETERMINED THAT A SEXUAL ASSAULT DID NOT OCCUR, RATHER, “MUTUAL INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONTACT” OCCURRED BETWEEN TWO 6-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS.
NADINE RODRIGUEZ | CONCERNED PARENT: “It’s disgusting. When I first read this statement, excuse me, when I first read this statement, it was really hard to read.”
NADINE RODRIGUEZ JUST PULLED HER SECOND GRADER OUT OF SOUTH ELEMENTARY. SHE SAYS SHE WON’T BE SENDING HIM BACK TO THE PLAINVIEW ISD.
RODRIGUEZ: “I see these children as they are, babies. And there’s no such thing as mutual sexual contact. I don’t care if you put ‘inappropriate’ in between those words. There is no such thing as mutual sexual contact for children. They’re trying to put the word mutual to replace the word consent because legally you cannot consent to sexual contact as a child and they’re trying to put that word in there to make it seem that is not as big of a deal as it is that it’s something that just happened. It does not. Let me be very clear, this is assault.”
IN THE SAME STATEMENT, PISD SAID THE INCIDENT WAS “BRIEF” AND ONLY LASTED 34 SECONDS WITH NO ‘OUTCRY FOR HELP OR STRUGGLE’.
RODRIGUEZ: “They just said to this little girl, they told her, your body is not your own. And what happened to you, you let happen. That’s what they told that little girl when they made that statement, and that’s disgusting. They made a point to say that it was a 34 second incident. But that’s not entirely true. The incident was recorded. So they’re going by a video. Now, we don’t know what happened before the video. And we don’t know what happened after the video. And the fact that they won’t even show the parents and the family this video, it kind of goes to the point where they’re trying to protect themselves and they’re not trying to protect this girl.”
ALEX DRIGGARS | LUBBOCK AVALANCHE JOURNAL REPORTER: “I would consider 34 seconds of contact between two six year olds to be more sexual contact between six year olds than ever needs to occur.”
ALEX DRIGGARS IS A REPORTER WITH THE AVALANCHE JOURNAL OUT OF LUBBOCK. HE’S BEEN FOLLOWING THE INVESTIGATION.
DRIGGARS: “I’ve got a lot of Facebook friends from Plainview. And I’ve seen a lot of outrage on both sides. There are people saying, Wow, the school district is just continuing and cover up the school district is continuing to lie. There are other people saying wow, the truth is finally coming to light. You know, the facts are finally here. And all of the speculation that people have been circulating on social media is now proven wrong. So there are people on both sides that are upset.”
DRIGGARS SAYS TENSIONS IN PLAINVIEW HAVE DIED DOWN OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, BUT HE EXPECTS A NEW WAVE OF PROTESTS AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY NEXT WEEK.
DRIGGARS: “I think that there wouldn’t be protests. And there wouldn’t be people that are upset if the school district did things correctly.”
RODRIGUEZ: “And for this family, all we can do is support them, you know, and continue fighting for them. And not just for this little girl, but for all these kids here. If it’s not your kid, this time, there’s no guarantee it won’t be next time. And that’s what we’re trying to avoid. We’re trying to protect all these kids.”