SWISSVALE, Pa. - Police are investigating after an elementary school student claimed she was assaulted by an older boy at school.
The victim’s mother told Channel 11’s Cara Sapida that the girl told her a boy at school “touched” and “hurt” her.
Swissvale and Allegheny County police are investigating the alleged incident that the child said took place in a bathroom at Dickson Elementary School in Swissvale.
The girl’s mother said her daughter came home from school on Friday and when she told her parents about the incident, they took her to the hospital.
“She went to take off her school clothes and I noticed that her underwear was ripped from the hip to the bottom of her bottom,” the mother said.
School officials said they launched their own investigation after finding out about the situation. They also said they created a safety plan to keep the student safe while police investigate.
“We’ve spoken to county detectives and provided them with information,” Deputy Superintendent Alan Johnson said. “To our best knowledge, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. We are not aware of any suspects.”
The victim’s family said they don’t feel safe allowing their daughter to return to school, despite the school’s efforts to develop a safety plan.
A recent study found that 51 percent of girls in seventh through 12th grade report that they have been sexually assaulted by a peer. Most of the assaults had taken place in school.