By Beth Germano

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — The Community Charter School of Cambridge is investigating an assault that took place during an eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C. last week. According to the school, the attackers were other students.

“Shocking I would say. I hope they’re dealing with it properly,” said parent Steve Reddick.

The eighth-grade student was reportedly harassed and assaulted by peers overnight while chaperones were sleeping, the school said.

Parent Luis Barbosa said it left his eighth-grader uneasy on the trip. “She wasn’t feeling okay with that. She says it could have happened to any one of the students.”

The head of school, Caleb Hurst-Hiller released a statement, saying in part: “We have immediately taken steps to ensure the safety of our students, and are currently pursuing appropriate disciplinary action as allowable under state law.”

Hurst-Hiller also emailed a message to parents acknowledging it has been a breach of trust within the school community but released few other details about the assault.

“When your child is on a trip you think teachers will be responsible. You don’t expect something like this to happen,” said Barbosa.

Washington D.C. police were also notified after guidance from Cambridge Police.

Beth Germano

  1. It’s unfortunate that CCSC lacks with students safety, myself and other parents have brought up this topic multiple times in the past, and in recent days to their staffs attention. It’s on record.

    1 of my child was “recently” assaulted by an older student that didn’t belong to this school while my child was in class and the staff on this school never showed my child any support, but they did decided to expel him (from 7th grade) all because he defended himself. They’ve messed up big time for allowing a non-student participate in 1 of their class, just because the staffs in this school were familiar with this non-student.

    Middle school principal only types up what’s convenient to have in record. Some staff from this school should be thoroughly investigated.

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