Mother Says Autistic Son May Have Been Sexually Assaulted At Dorchester School

BOSTON (CBS) – A mother says her 14-year-old son may have been sexually assaulted at a school in Boston.

The woman said she was called to the Harbor Pilot School on Charles Street in Dorchester Monday, but school officials would only tell her there was an “incident.”

Boston police told her her son may have been molested or raped by a staff member.

The teen is autistic and cannot speak.

His mother said she raced to the school but no one would tell her anything including the principal.

“She (the principal) says, ‘I’m not sure what happened to your son, it was an incident that happened with your son’,” she told WBZ-TV.

She said only talking with police in the parking lot at the school did she find out what happened.

“He was in there with another teacher, when another teacher walked into the break room,” said the mother. “The teacher was there with his pants opened.”

The suspect is not a teacher, but a paraprofesssional who specializes in special needs students. He started at Harbor School this year.

The teen’s mother said she was told her son was either molested or raped by the staff member, so she brought him to the Boston Medical Center to get checked out.

She says, “All I know is that my son just have to go through the whole STD thing, take HIV medicine for the next 28 days, and go through the whole mental emotional trauma.”

Boston School Superintendent Carol Johnson has put the staff member accused of assaulting the teen on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

Johnson also spoke with the student”s parents.

Police will only say that they are investigating a report of an indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

No one has been arrested at this point.

Comments

One Comment

  1. gramps says:

    Well Mr. Mayor,

    Say it ain’t so!

    Your ‘crack’ School Administrators’ have struck again, INDECENT (sexual ?) ASSAULT, by one of your ‘Adult School Professionals’? Allegedly were caught with their pants down?…. Yet School Leadership still has nothing to say, along with you, ‘MUM’s(bels) the word?

    Let’s quickly review your leadership record the last 10 day’s in the ‘Administration of the BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS’:

    A 1st grader is ‘bullied by a fellow student & the School Leadership threatens the Lad & his family with a ‘Sexual Harassment Law suit!….You’re ‘silent ‘.

    Now a ‘Special Needs’ student ends up in the hospital @ the hands (or some other extremity) of a School Official!

    “WOW”!

    How can you look yourself in the mirror every morning & justify commenting (sticking your nose into) on a ‘judgement call’ made by a high school football game ‘REF’ ……..Yet be “TOTALLY SILENT ABOUT THE HANDLING OF A THREAT OF A ‘SEXUAL HARASSMENT’ CHARGE AGAINST A 1ST GRADER BY YOUR SCHOOL DEPT. ADMINISTRATION”……?

    A story that went ‘NATION WIDE’!

    & now yesterdays terable revelations!

    Again, we don’t want to know about the ‘kids’, we would like your statement regarding “YOUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS”

    Will you back their decision like the ‘MIAA’ backed their ‘Ref’?

    What is the ‘health’ of the city’s ‘School Management Team’?

    WHY, are you ‘PROTECTING’, these ‘Professional Morons’?

    You’re ‘HANDS OFF’!

    Get them out of your pocket &…..

    FIX IT!

    gramps…..PS

    Mr. Mayor,

    Also, apparently, this week it was announced the reason for poor performance/MCAS scores in certain schools is because they’re ‘little fat porkies’. So now you’re going to allow your ‘SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS’ to make ‘dietary health’ choices for the children of Boston?…….” When they can’t even protect their physical well being?!?!!

  2. Joan Hogan says:

    This Is just another example of how Boston Public Schools Administrators Cover
    Up Incidents. I Hope This Child’s Mother Files a lawsuit and Informs The US Department of Education. The Federal Government Needs to oversee this corrrupt
    and Moron run School Department. Whoever hurt this Child I hope gets Roughed In Jail.

  3. John Adelman says:

    This is a very unfortunate incident which highlights the strict rules for protection of developmentally delayed and disabled persons are ignored regularly. This report made it to popular press, health care providers are now trained to see this as just and unfortunate side effect or fact of life for those who can not defend themselves.

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Heath and Human Services accepts these complaints, and does a “desk audit” calling it an investigation, protecting their licensees and themselves from liability.

  4. Tess says:

    As a mother of an autistic adult this has been a fear that parents of children who cannot speak may be a target. Prayer is consistent that our children are protected . I am certain this mother prayed daily too. Where is God in all of this evil , if you exist , than do something. We are left vunerable to these evil wolves in sheeps clothing , abuse is massive and beyond anthing i can comprehend . Short of isolating ourselves and our children which is difficult to do especially when your child is Autistic what are we to do? For certain we have got to make the laws tough. In addition to that this Mother needs an attorney pronto, who will help her sort through the legal maze. How do I support her with what little I have? I would at least like you Mom to go public , let me know your name so I can help.

  5. MomToo says:

    WHY wasn’t the teacher arrested? Is he on leave/paid leave? How long has the teacher been employed with Special Ed children? As a mother of a non verbal child with Down Syndrome, I agree with Tess wholeheartedly. We have PRAYED constantly that our son isn’t victimized/violated in this way and have done our best to protect him.

    I Pray the witness will not be silenced! I will also keep this family in my prayers.

    1. LOUISE MOSI says:

      THIS IS A TERRIBLE THING TO HAPPEN TO ANYONE ESPECIALLY AN AUSTISTIC CHILD. PLEASE MR MAYOR HAVE THIS PERSON PUT IN JAIL FOR LIFE. NOT PAY HIM FOR DOING THIS AWFUL THING. WHERE AND WHO IS THIS PERSON? WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE KEEPING THIS A SECRET AND WHY HASNT HE BEEN ARRESTED. SHAME ON THE BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR SITTING BACK AND SAYING NOTHING. IS IT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK? PUT THAT SCUM BAG BEHIND BARS AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. THIS IS WHAT HE DESERVE.

  6. c morris says:

    what kind of back ground checks are you using?you put all these kids in jeapordy.then you let this teacher off on paid leave.ya thats teaching him a lesson.its the holiday season he justed ruin a kids life an hez prob out shopping with the money your paying buying his next victum christmas presents while this little boy def wont be enjoying his christmas thanks to the system who is putting our kids in jeapordy.there suppose to be safe while in your hands.take the teachers money and put it to a better system to scan thses teachers that we have to trust with our children

  7. sick of it says:

    Why PAID LEAVE !!!! Why not FIRED AND ARRESTED !!!!!! This world is soooo messed up !!!

  8. diane sheehy says:

    My child goes to the Henderson Full Inclusion Elementary School. It is one of the feeder schools to the Harbor. On Nov 2, 2011 a special education teacher was put on administrative leave for “allegedly” physically assaulting a child with special needs in front of classmates, including my child. No one, not the principal, the teachers, the superintendent-no one informed parents. We were simply told that the teacher was on leave. Silly me. I thought there was a death or illness in the family. Some of us found out 5 weeks later at a child’s party when the parent of the child involved told us. No counselors were there for our kids. Nothing! At a meeting 6 weeks later, only the principal was there and she said there was an incident. And frankly, she only had the meeting because she was informed that parents were finding out. Keep in mind, an adult witnessed part of the assault. Oh sorry. Alleged assault! Apparently, when you’re part of the teachers’ union you can do pretty much whatever you want to our kids and still get paid. Apparently, our kids don’t have rights. They can talk all they want about wanting parents to be involved in their children’s education. What they really mean is they want us to do what they say and ask no questions. I’ve had it! And please, tell me why the news isn’t reporting this? They have been given the tip on their tip lines. The police didn’t even tell parents what happened. So police and DCF investigate and parents don’t get informed so that they can talk to their children? There’s something very wrong here. Very, very wrong.

  9. ShildaS says:

    Point blank he should be arrested and serve time, the man LIVES IN A FAMILY DAYCARE!!!!!! If they put hm on leave they are giving him access to other younger children!!!!!! totally disgusting!!!!!

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