Skooter reporting 10/18/12
A special child was allegedly sexually assaulted by another developmentally-challenged student, claimed the victim’s mother. It was reportedly happened at Hudtloff Middle School last year and the mother is now suing the Colver Park School District over the incident.
Teresa Daniel says that her son was raped by a fellow special-needs student in the boy’s bathroom. The suit claims that the district knew beforehand that the supposed attacker had a history of sexual assaults at a Boys and Girls Club, as well as in Lochburn Middle School where he attended before being moved to Hudtloff.
Daniel said that she knew he hurt a little girl, most likely at Lochburn before he transferred to Hudtloff.
A special education teacher at Hudtloff, Ron Mutchko denied that the staff was not aware of the student’s past. Mutchko said that they were not and they feel like they’re being scapegoats right now with the district, because they’re trying to cover their own trail.
The boy in question as the lawsuit claims should have had one-to-one supervision, and not left alone in the bathroom with other boys.
Mutchko was quoted as saying, "It wasn't one-on-one for this individual. If we were told that he was a sexual predator, we definitely would have had a one-on-one.”
But Daniel argued that those children can’t be mixed in. She added that when you send your child to school, you expect that they’re going to be all right. The school district can't comment on pending legal action. However, the district spokesperson Kim Prentice said that the safety of their students together with their staff is a top priority in Clover Park School District.
The questionable boy was immediately kick-off. In Daniel's son case, the boy has moved onto high school where she says he feels protected.
The case is set to go to trial next March.