Charter school accused of slow response to sexual assault

Posted at 8:53 AM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-30 19:40:37-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Four in Your Corner is working to get a mother answers after she claims it took days for her child's school to tell her that her son was sexually assaulted.

The child's mother says she's upset because it took school administrators five days to report the sexual assault allegation to police. 

According to a police report, a minor at Unity Charter School in Fort Myers reported being sexually assaulted by an adult who was working for a catering company contracted by the school. 

The 11 year-old boy told detectives the man squeezed his nipple and made an inappropriate gesture with his mouth. 

The child's mother says her son told his teacher about the incident immediately after it happened, but the teacher didn't report the incident to school administrators or police for nearly a week.  "The guy walked by, he touched my child in an inappropriate way, licked his lips, and said ‘boy,’" says Talika Durant.

"He tried bringing it to her again, she told him to go sit down. She never once notified me or the principal that this incident occurred," says Durant.

The school's principal tells Fox 4 that he was made aware of the incident 6 days after it occurred, and that is when he contacted the police.

"At this point we're not sure if this employee was an employee of the catering company.  It's still under investigation," says George Coates, Principal Unity Charter School.