Boston school holds forum on school bus sexual abuse claims

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Boston Renaissance Public Charter School held a forum for parents to address claims of sexual abuse by a student on the bus.

The event was aimed to hear parents’ concerns and questions about the incidents but many parents told 7News they did not get many answers. People who attended the meeting said parents were arguing and some even walked out.

“We got no answers from these people here,” said one parent. “My child is not safe here, no one’s child is safe here.”

A Facebook post, shared more than 1,000 times since it was posted, alleged that a 6-year-old boy was forcing other young students to perform sexual acts on him. The boy was allegedly bribing students with gifts and threatening violence if they refused his demands.

One mother told 7News the boy molested her son and four others repeatedly on the bus. She attended Monday’s meeting and said she still feels left in the dark.

“We didn’t get too many answers,” said the mother. “It seemed the school was protecting the child, which I understand, but I don’t feel like there was any protection for my child.”

Other parents feel the school is doing the right thing.

“Just because we can’t get the information the second we want it doesn’t mean things aren’t being handled,” said parent Pata Dibinga.

School officials said due to privacy issues, they cannot talk about the 6-year-old boy’s status but they have taken steps to safeguard all other students. A monitor has been added to school bus where the alleged abuse took place.

“The families of the affected children were contacted immediately and the decision to notify only those families was made to protect the privacy and well-being of these very young children,” the school said in a statement.

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