Last week, news watchers were horrified when they learned of an unspeakable act that happened between two children on a school bus from the Aldine Independent School District.
The story begins with a mother who wanted to know why her son's backpack was thrown from the school bus window and ended with something much more sinister. The child's mother, who isn't being identified to protect her son, asked the school to review bus camera footage to see exactly what happened to her son. Once the onboard camera was reviewed, she said the school asked her to come in to speak with an Aldine ISD police officer who told her that the video showed her son being sexually abused by another student.
The boy's mother said that mentally, her son is too young to understand what has happened, but she is having a difficult time coming to terms with what her son said he’s experienced.
“Inside I am dying,” the mother said. “Days of questioning, days of talking to my child, the details became more and more graphic each and every time.”
Aldine ISD released the following statement to KHOU 11:
The Aldine ISD Police Department has presented the investigation findings to the Harris County DA’s office. Formal charges have been filed by the DA’s office.
The safety and security of our students is our priority and we take all situations seriously. When we receive information regarding a possible harmful situation, the appropriate authorities are immediately notified and we immediately conduct a thorough investigation.
Community activists Quanell X and Dr. Candice Mathews released the following statement:
"This is a tragic case that involves more than one family. In this case, there are no winners, but they are definitely losers… the children in particular! We ask for the city to pray for all of the children, kids involved in this, and we demand that the transportation department and the district come forth with real solutions to prevent this from ever happening again.”
According to the boy's mother, the assaults happened over a five month period of time. Her son told her in explicit detail what the older child had done to him while playing a "game" on the back of the school bus. Medical professionals have confirmed that the young boy does have internal damage consistent with his story.
The accused is an 11-year-old boy who has now has been charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the DA's office. All offenses are felonies.
The Office of Child Protective Services is also investigating these crimes. There is no word on whether the 11-year-old understands the nature of the crimes he's being accused of or if he too is a victim of sexual abuse.