PCSSD Leaders Fail to Report Girl's Sexual Assault

PCSSD Leaders Fail to Report Girl's Sexual Assault

Incident alleged to have happened earlier this month at Robinson Middle School.
PULASKI COUNTY, AR -- Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) leaders admit failing to disclose a reported sexual assault on one of their campuses.

They're working to prevent it from happening again.

The incident is alleged to have occurred earlier this month at the running track next to Robinson Middle School.

A girl reported she was approached by a boy who told her to follow him around the bleachers. She said when she did, the boy grabbed her and tried to force himself on her.

According to investigators, the girl told a friend and the friend told school leaders.

Administrators interviewed the victim but did not report it to the State Police Hotline.

Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office learned about it after getting a call from a hospital social worker.

"In this case, whether we think somebody else has reported it or going to report it, we need to pick up the phone and make that call and we didn't do that this time," said Deb Roush, PCSSD spokeswoman.

PCSSD leaders are conducting interviews. They say this has evolved into a personnel matter because all school employees are required by state law to report these cases to authorities.
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