CLEVELAND — Startling allegations at a Cleveland city school. Police are investigating an alleged rape inside a school bathroom.
The students involved are only 12 and 13 years old. Both are enrolled in one of Cleveland’s top schools, in classes for special-needs students.
“If this would happen to one kid, it can happen to another,” said the alleged victim’s father.
We are not identifying the child or the father due to the nature of the allegations.
He said he is stunned by what police say happened to his 13-year-old son who has autism, at Whitney Young School on Friday.
According to a police report, the boy accused a 12-year-old male classmate of raping him inside a bathroom.
“These two kids had went to the bathroom together and after awhile they realizes that they’ve been gone too long. Another teacher goes in the bathroom and they sees my son with his pants down around his ankles,” the man said.
According to the report, the 12-year-old boy denied the accusations, but he was arrested and later released to a parent due to his age and mental capacity.
The alleged victim’s father wonders what’s going on in the boy’s life that could allow him to do something like this.
“I really have no hatred towards the boy. I forgive him. No child would ever wake up in the morning and go to school and physically wanting to do something like that to another child,” said the father.
Whitney Young is a Cleveland public school for gifted and talented students from second to 12th grade.
For three years, it has had a 100-percent graduation rate, as well as high attendance and test scores.
“If this is supposed to be ranked upon one of the most brightest schools, how could this even happen? What did you fail to do to secure child safety inside of your schools?” he said.
The Cleveland Metropolitan School District released the following statement:
“The staff at Whitney Young school responded quickly and appropriately to the allegation on Friday.
Parents were immediately notified and authorities were contacted to examine the students and to begin a full investigation.
While the Cleveland Police Department continues their investigation, school officials have remained in contact with the family, providing information on academic and emotional supports available for the student.”
The boy’s father says his son has good grades, but has become more withdrawn since the alleged incident.
“The only thing he wants to do is draw pictures that express his emotions of how he’s feeling. It’s horrible,” he said.
The 13-year-old was taken to the hospital where a rape kit was taken.
The results have not yet come in.