A mother stood up to a Catholic school after they tried punishing her daughter for hitting a boy after he allegedly attempted to sexually assault her.
According to the unidentified daughter, a boy repeatedly kept pinging her bra despite the fact she told him to stop it, Daily Headline reports.
When the girl complained to the teacher, the instructor reportedly told her to “ignore it.”
That’s when the situation escalated and the boy undid the girl’s bra. To make him stop, she hit him.
Yet the school decided to reprimand the daughter for hitting the boy instead, enraging the girl’s mother.
“No,” the mother responded to the principal after he accused her daughter of attacking another student. “She defended herself against a sexual attack from another pupil. Look at them; He’s a foot taller than her and twice as heavy.”
“If the person who was supposed to help and protect her in a classroom couldn’t be bothered what should she have done?” she added.
When the mother continued, calling this “sexual assault” and adding she will press charges, school officials said she was overreacting.
“I don’t think it was that serious,” one of the teachers said, while a school counselor added, “Let’s not over-react.”
“You let him do this? Why didn’t you stop him? Come over here and let me touch the front of your trousers,” the mother said to the teacher, who said no.
“Does that seem inappropriate to you? Why don’t you go and pull on Mrs. [Counselor]’s bra right now. See how fun it is for her,” she added.
The mother eventually reported the incident to the school’s superintendent, but did not press charges against the boy.
Instead, the school placed the boy in another class, away from the girl.
“I hope nothing like this ever happens again, not only to [my daughter], but to any other girl at this school,” the mother said to the school officials.
It’s not the first time schools -- from high schools to colleges -- have minimized sexual assault.
"When it comes to sexual assault and rape, the norm for universities and colleges is to downplay the situation and the numbers," said researcher Corey Rayburn Yung, JD, a law professor at the University of Kansas, Science Daily reports. "The result is students at many universities continue to be attacked and victimized, and punishment isn't meted out to the rapists and sexual assaulters."