Two high school students in Brooklyn have been arrested after police said they sexually assaulted a male classmate in school.
Suspect Santosh Bonito, 17, and an unnamed 15-year-old were arrested this month in connection with the November attack at It Takes a Village Academy.
Principal Marina Vinitskaya was removed from her job shortly after the incident for allegedly failing to report it.
On November 3, a gang of bullies stormed into the school’s locker room chanting ‘Freshman Friday! Freshman Friday!’ at the 14-year-old victim, according to a police complaint reported by the New York Daily News.
Principal Marina Vinitskaya was removed from her job shortly after the incident for allegedly failing to report it
The older boys grabbed the victim’s genitals through his clothes, and then tried to stick their fingers into the younger boy’s buttocks, according to police.
When the victim told school administrators, Bonito and the other suspects were suspended.
But administrators never contacted police, and the victim’s mother called the cops herself after pleading with school officials.
Days later, Principal Vinitskaya was sent to the Department of Education’s notorious ‘rubber room’ – the reassignment centers where educators under accusations report daily for months or years while their administrative cases are resolved.
Bonito was arrested on April 12. He is charged with misdemeanor forcible touching and could spend up to a year on Rikers Island if convicted.
The second juvenile suspect was arrested on Monday.
The incident occurred on November 3 at It Takes A Village Academy, a public school is known for helping the children of recent immigrants graduate on time
It Takes a Village Academy is located in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and has an enrollment of about 730 students.
The public school is known for helping the children of recent immigrants graduate on time, even if they had limited schooling in their home country.
Many children speak Haitian or French at home while others speak Arabic and Spanish, according to InsideSchools.
The non-profit New York City school review site adds about It Takes A Village Academy that ‘kids complain about safety in the locker rooms’.