NEW YORK, NY -- CBS 2 News is reporting that the 12-year old student at the center of a hazing scandal involving the football team at the Isaac E. Young Middle School was sexually assaulted by teammates and continues to be the focus of bulling and harassment at the school. The assaults were described by the boy as "an initiation".
Reporter Lou Young interviewed the 7th-grader and his mother for a report that originally aired on Channel 2 at 6 p.m. Friday.
The investigation at the school began after the mother came forward with a complaint. The boy's mother says she was not aware that the police had been contacted until news reports this week made mention of police involvement. The failure of police to speak to the boy or the mother, both complaining witnesses, raises serious questions about the nature of the investigation conducted by Detective Ray Andolina.
The school district put out a statement yesterday saying that "a thorough investigation was launched by the principal that involved the New Rochelle Police Department" and that police "determined that no criminal activity had taken place". New Rochelle police Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the incident was described to police as “towel whipping".
During the broadcast, CBS 2 News aired disturbing photographs of bruises on the boys chest and arms.
The boy says 8th-graders on the football team pull his shirt up and twisted his nipple. The bruises on his arms were for past assaults by his teammates.
Young reported that the 8th-graders preyed on the younger kids in an unsupervised locker room. The boy says the older boys pushed him into the corner at which point the assaults turned sexual.
"They just started humping me." said the victim. Asked by Young if the assault was sexual the boy said "yes".
The boy says he felt "Nasty" and "Disgusted".
The mother told Young that she believes the school district is not taking the hazing incidents seriously enough and that she no longer feels her son is safe.
The school district recently passed amendments to the district's Code of Conduct to bring the district inline with the Dignity for All Students Act or "DASA". The act is intended to strengthen anti-bullying policies at schools and set up clear guidelines and protocols on how school district employees, all "mandated reporters" under New York State law, respond to allegations of bullying.
The mother has claimed that her initial complaint to a coach on the football team was ignored. A complaint to a second coach was referred to Administrative Dean Daniel Gonzales who took the matter to Principal Dr. Anthony Bongo who then contacted New Rochelle Police Detective Ray Andolina of the department's Youth Bureau.
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