Children’s Services in Ohio is investigating an incident involving three first grade students who were inappropriately touching each other while using the restroom.
When a student reported something “nasty” happening in the bathrooms of Rise and Shine Academy in Toledo, CEO Dr. Pat McKinstry became concerned.
A teacher found out what happened and immediately reported it.
School officials now say that a first-grade student initiated inappropriate activity between herself and two other classmates, WTOL reports.
The three students were called to the office and so were their parents.
The child who school officials claim initiated the incident has not returned to school since. She is required to seek counseling before she can return.
“We have not let that child come back,” McKinstry told WTOL. “It’s disheartening, it’s sad to me that we have to terminate her if her mother would not be honest enough to get this baby some treatment.”
The school said that the teacher who was responsible for the students at the time has been terminated for failing to follow bathroom policy, which requires teachers to supervise students while they use the bathroom.
A psychologist has been brought in to work with the students involved in the incident. McKinstry believes it will help the young students.
“This incident, even though it happened, these 6-year-olds’ innocent minds are only reacting to what they have been exposed to,” McKinstry said.
The school, which has already changed its bathroom policy to allow only one student in at a time, issued the following statement:
"We’ve been made aware with the situation that involves like age children and due to the sensitivity of the matter, because of the ages of the children, the incident is still under investigation. We’re not at liberty to discuss further details, but additional policies have been put into place to ensure the continued safety of our children. "
Lucas County Children’s Services is currently working in conjunction with the school and the licensing authority on the investigation.
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