2 Flatbush area school officials face punishment after ignoring sexual abuse claims of studentsBy Mason White 11:31 AM March 7, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) Two Flatbush area school officials are facing punishment after being accused of ignoring students who were sexually abused, the New York Department of Education said in a statement.
The incidents allegedly occurred at PS 219 in Brooklyn.
According to an investigation, an 11-year-old and a 10-year-old student filed a complaint that they were being sexually abused by children at school. However, Assistant Principal Patricia Sabater and Guidance Counselor Rebecca Shaffren ignored the complaint.
Sabater claimed that she simply forgot about the first complaint. The Department of Education issued a statement, saying that they have a zero tolerance policy for educators who allow children to be in harm’s way.
The 10-year-old student told investigators that she was touched inappropriately by two boys and her pants has been pulled down. The 11-year-old student told investigators that she was sexually assaulted.
The special investigator recommended that the two officials be terminated from their positions.