A 13-year-old boy named Julian was reportedly raped by another male student during gym class at Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy two weeks ago.
Julian is a special-needs student at the Los Angeles middle school and has the mental capacity of a 6 to 8 year old.
At a press conference today, Brian Claypool, an attorney hired by Julian's family, said the family plans to sue the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), notes KTLA-TV.
According to Claypool, Julian’s teacher left him unsupervised during class. An unidentified eighth grader allegedly lured Julian behind a set of bleachers and sexually assaulted him (video below).
“How was he wandering throughout the school, running around, recruiting another boy to have sex with him behind a bleacher?” Claypool said. “Does anybody at LAUSD care where the kids are during a class?”
Julian’s mother Toyian (pictured) said she filed a complaint two months ago because students were bullying Julian during gym class, but she said school officials did nothing in response.
“Somebody, that particular day, dropped the ball,” Toyian said. “You can tell he’s ashamed. I mean, if I was raped or assaulted, I would be ashamed.”
“I am not happy,” said Julian’s father, Mark. “This should never take place, not just to my son, any kid.”
According to KTLA-TV, both of Julian's parents say that school officials should face criminal charges for criminal child endangerment. Police are investigating the incident.
The LAUSD released a statement concerning the alleged incident.
“Allegations of student-on-student misconduct are taken seriously," the statement reads. "Upon learning of the allegations, the school site acted to appropriately document and notify authorities of the suspected abuse. Although we cannot comment on the specific allegations or any potential lawsuit in this case, we are committed to ensuring student safety at all times.”