Source: The Blaze
The Boston school committee voted to permanently shut down a grade school over a decade of complaints of sexual abuse and bullying.
The committee voted 5-0 with one abstention on Thursday.
“I believe this decision, as painful as it is, puts our district on a path toward healing,” said school committee chair Jeri Robinson to the Boston Herald.
“The safety, health and well-being of our students must remain our top priority,” she added. “We have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust with our families, and together, we can emerge from this a stronger district.”
Students as young as 5 years old were allegedly victims of bullying and sexual assault by other students at the Mission Hill K-8 School in Jamaica Plain.
A recently released 189-page report by investigators who found disturbing incidents of the abuse at the failed school.
In one case, a student was repeatedly sexually abused by other students in a one-person bathroom, but when officials were alerted about the incident, they did not report it as required by law. Instead, staff initially recommended that bells be placed on the bathroom door or that adults accompany the student victim.