LEXINGTON, Okla. -- A Lexington parent says her 12-year-old daughter was bullied and sexually assaulted on school grounds.
She claims her child is one of several girls being targeted. She found out in early May, but says the allegations have not been properly addressed by school officials.
"If this stuff's going on at school, there's no telling what else is going on."
We are not identifying the mother, to protect her child, but she is clearly upset over what she says happened to her little girl.
"That boys (sic) was taking and putting their hands up her shirt, down her pants and I asked her how many times has this happened and she said this has gone on for little over a month,” the mother said. "She said it made her feel nasty.”
She says her daughter was also shoved, called names and even threatened.
"They told her if she told anybody, they were going to rape her.”
Another parent says his child witnessed the bullying.
"She just said that she had seen, that there's three boys that were picking on one of her friends and that she had seen it, and that a couple of other people that had seen it, and that she had stopped it," the father said.
According to these parents, the school knew about the allegations before they did, but did nothing about it.
"I'm appalled that this could be going on and nobody, you know, told me about it,” the 12-year-old’s mother said.
School Superintendent Denny Prince sent this statement to NewsChannel 4 Wednesday.
"The Lexington Public School Administration was made aware this week of allegations made by a female student concerning inappropriate touching by male students. Lexington Public Schools is committed to educating students in a safe learning environment. Our district does not tolerate or condone sexual assault, harassment or bullying in any form, and as such have policies and procedures in place. The district and the Lexington Police Department are investigating the allegations, and the district will take appropriate disciplinary action if necessary.”
The alleged victim’s mother says what happened has changed her child and hopes something is done soon.
"My daughter is not the smiling fun loving child anymore. She's more closed up,” she said. "I don't think any child should have to go through this.”
Police say they are in the process of interviewing students.
The girl’s mother says she has hired an attorney and may take legal action.