Sixth grade girls victimized on 'Grab a girl's behind' day

6:46 PM, Sep 27, 2012   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

Florissant, MO (KSDK) - Sixth grade girls were victimized by their own male classmates during a so-called "grab a girl's behind" day, and now one father wants the boys to face sexual assault charges.

"It's not okay because lots of girls don't like to be touched and assaulted in areas that boys are not supposed to touch," explained a 12-year-old student from Hazelwood Northwest Middle School.

She didn't want the attention on the news Thursday, and said she doesn't want it at school either. It's the reason she came home with quite the story for her parents Wednesday afternoon.

"I was going down the stairs and someone slapped me and there was one in the hallway and there was like five people that slapped me," she said. "I told them to stop, that was disgusting."

But this sixth grader said it never stopped, and teachers never knew about it.

"It's not okay," said the girl's father, Gary. "It'll never be okay."

He took her story immediately to police, who told NewsChannel 5 that once interviews with students are completed and video from inside the school is reviewed, the case will be brought before a judge in St. Louis County Juvenile Court.

"I'm sure the school's gonna handle it just fine in their way but the bigger noise that's made of it, it'll have more of a decent outcome," Gary went on to say.

But that's not the end of the story. According to the girl, Thursday was to be "grab a girl's chest" day.

"That's why I didn't go to school," she said.

"Yesterday is grabbing her butt, but today is grabbing her chest," added Gary. "What's it gonna be tomorrow? What's it gonna stop? Where does it end?"

School officials said it ends now.

"Today one of our assistant principals spoke to the entire sixth grade class during lunch about how it is not funny to touch other people in inappropriate places and we need to keep our hands to ourselves and that it's serious," said Diana Gulotta, assistant superintendent for communications in the Hazelwood School District.

She added that seven boys are being disciplined for their participation in the incident and that the investigation is ongoing.


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