ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A 5-year-old child is accusing another child of the same age of repeated sexual assault inside a local school bathroom.
Parents said the River Roads Lutheran School in St. Louis, Mo. has been too quiet about the incident and they called WHAS11 sister station KMOV to investigate.
“I was devastated, I was in shock, I had him repeat it two-three times,” mother Tamara Wilson said.
Wilson’s 5-year-old son came home from school last month and described another 5-year-old performing oral sex on him. Wilson said they were unsupervised in a bathroom at the school.
“He was having nightmares, waking up screaming in the middle of the night,” she said.
Wilson said her son told her it wasn’t the first time and Wilson’s cousin, Channa Hyster, said the very same boy also assaulted her son back in September.
“I had already told them about this little boy and what he was doing to mine and my son told them,” Hyster said.
Over the phone, a spokesperson for the school said they did not have any knowledge of abuse on Hyster’s son, but did admit to the more recent allegations, saying the incident between two students was “serious and troubling in nature.”
In a statement officials said they acted quickly, all while protecting the privacy of the children.
“We love and value each and every one of our students and we consider it a privilege to care for and educate them each day. Their safety, security and wellbeing are at the heart of every decision we make.
The incident that occurred between two students last month was serious and troubling in nature. From the moment we discovered it, we acted quickly, decisively and in the best interest of our students to investigate it, while also protecting the privacy rights of the children involved. Those actions included notifying the necessary child welfare authorities and talking directly with the families of students who may have been affected by it.
The two children involved stopped attending our school soon after the incident occurred. However, we understand the difficulties they and their parents face in moving forward. We continue to pray for them and hope they find the peace and resolution they seek at this difficult time.”
Wilson said she disagrees with the school’s response. Hyster too, said it wasn’t right.
Both said they’re worried now, not only for their kids but for other students and the little boy allegedly behind it all.
“It’s crazy, it really is, it’s crazy and it’s heartbreaking,” Hyster said.
Both parents said they want police and other authorities to do a full investigation into this school and what may have happened there.