Mother concerned for students' safety at QHS
Thu, 23 May 2013 16:10:00 GMT —
A Quincy mother made a surprise statement at Wednesday night's Quincy Public School Board meeting.
The concerned mother, whom we will not name to protect the girl's privacy, says her 16-year-old daughter was asked by a teacher to deliver an attendance sheet to the high school office on May 3.
That's when she says a male student followed her into a restroom and sexually assaulted her.
In addition to what happened, the mother also is upset with how the school handled the incident.
The mother said she's upset that a male school police officer interviewed her daughter without the mother's presence.
When the mother asked the principal if she should contact the Quincy Police Department, the mother claims she was told that that wouldn't be necessary.
The mother told the school board Wednesday night that she contacted the Illinois State Board of Education, which told her an outside law enforcement officer should have been contacted.
"I don't understand why it's been overlooked and pushed aside, and why it hasn't been addressed," she said. "I wouldn't have known about it if it hadn't happened to my girl, and I don't want it to happen to anyone else. I would've never known that there were no security cameras in all the hallways."
The mother told the school board that thankfully her daughter was able to escape before great bodily harm but is in therapy to deal with the trauma.
But she said nothing was done to the suspect since it was a so-called, "he said, she said" incident.
"I ask you to consider the young man who did this," she said. "He also needs help and counseling. Since nothing has been done to address his issue, he may do this again. He could be a productive part of society if this was addressed and taken care of and he received some sort of help for this."
School Board Vice President Jeff Mays said the school board has not received a report on that matter and could not comment on what the mother had to say Wednesday night. You can find out what else the mother had to say at the school board meeting by clicking on the video player above and listening to the audio or visit our YouTube page.
KHQA contacted the Quincy Police Department and was told that the incident is under investigation.
"Immediately upon notification of the incident, Quincy High School staff and the Quincy Police Department fully investigated the incident and a report was filed with the State TMs Attorney. Because this incident involved a matter of student discipline, the Board was not in a position to respond in a public session," President of the Board of Education Stephanie Erwin said in a press release Thursday. Click here to read the release.Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard said his office has received reports on the incident that are being reviewed. He said he could not comment any further at this time due to the nature of the reports.
We'll bring you more on this as the story develops.