The superintendent in the Oswego City School District spoke out Tuesday night about a controversy surrounding a 9-year-old student.
The student is accused of sexually assaulting his classmates. Parents have accused the School District of not taking appropriate action to ensure the safety of all children and filed an online petition calling on the district to protect their children.
Parents Emily Miner and Felicia Weber say the district has now moved the 9-year-old into Fitzhugh Park Elementary, which their children attend. They've asked the district to provide more details about how they are responding to the allegations. This is part of a Jim Kenyon exclusive investigation.
Miner and Weber both spoke at an Oswego Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night. Miner asked the district to give her some answers about what was being done to keep children safe.
"Is there going to be some kind of assembly? Are parents going to be notified of the situation, or are we just going to have to wait and see how it plays out, and hope nothing happens?" asked Miner.
Superintendent William Crist told the parents that the district is aware of the situation and is working to provide a safe environment; however, he could not discuss the specifics due to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act.
"I wish I could tell you everything I know. I wish I could settle the concerns that exist in the school and within the community about what things we have in place, not only for individual students, but for the school itself," said Crist at the meeting.
School Board President John Dunsmoor told parents that the board could not discuss any specific case but he did tell the crowd about what had happened in previous circumstances.
"The board has shown support for the administration to give that child a one-on-one person to make sure everyone including the student and other students are safe," said Dunsmoor.