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Durham PD: Boy bullied, not sexually assaulted, on school bus

Posted November 5, 2014

— Police have determined that a boy was bullied, not sexually assaulted, by older students on a Durham school bus in early September, police said Wednesday.

Detectives with the Durham Police Department's Special Victims Unit started investigating after a woman reported that a group of 10-year-olds pulled down her 5-year-old son's pants and assaulted him on his way home from W.G. Pearson Magnet Elementary School.

Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said officers investigating the case, as well as two other similar reports, interviewed more than 20 people, including the children, before reaching their conclusions.

"Through these interviews, investigators were able to determine that no sexual or physical assaults occurred and no one's clothes ever came off," Michael said in a statement. "However, it was determined that some bullying and horseplay did occur."

Police turned over their findings to the Durham County District Attorney's Office, which determined no criminal acts occurred.

Chrissy Pearson, chief communications officer for Durham Public Schools, said in a statement that the school system is still investigating the claims and is awaiting a full report from police.

'We have been concerned for our students, and while we are relieved that criminal charges appear not to be warranted, we are wrapping up our own school-based investigation to determine what additional actions or supports need to be in place for the students involved," she said.


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  • Sandra Elizabeth Nov 7, 2014
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    OMG...I rode a bus with kids from 1st-8th grade. We never behaved like this because we had consequences.

    Maybe if the "kids" suffered some punishment and were disciplined this behavior would stop. But instead they get "counseling". And now a days, if a parent "dares" to discipline their child, they get the cops called on them or reported to the school and have Children Services called on them.

    But we all know, government does a much better job at raising your kids than a parent. Remember Obama wants every kid to go to "government" funded pre-schools so they can control them...I mean educate them from age 3. Parents...take a back seat.

  • emaleth Nov 5, 2014

    When you've got a kindergartener and a 4th or 5th grader on the same bus, you need to have monitors to try to prevent things like this from happening.

  • Drew Savicki Nov 5, 2014
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    Uh, did you read the article? It says there was no assault.

  • James McFetridge Nov 5, 2014
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    Bullying should be a criminal act, particularly if an assault took place.

  • glarg Nov 5, 2014


    They assaulted a 5 year old.

  • Brenda Lawrence Nov 5, 2014
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    Somebody is lying...but I'm relieved this didn't happen as reported!