The Omaha Public Schools botched an incident in February when boys allegedly held down a girl, tore her shirt and bloodied her nose, a City Council candidate said Saturday.
Tariq Al-Amin, running against incumbent Ben Gray to represent northeast Omaha, said school officials didn't take the 8-year-old girl to the nurse's office and didn't notify parents of all children involved in a timely manner.
Al-Amin also said at a news conference that police weren't called immediately.
Three boys were arrested Feb. 25 on suspicion of first-degree attempted sexual assault in the incident that allegedly occurred that month at Belvedere Elementary School, 3775 Curtis Ave. The incident came to public attention last week.
“The negligence began with the failure to have adequate staff monitoring the large number of students on the playground,” Al-Amin said. He spoke at the Aframerican Bookstore at 3226 Lake St.
An OPS spokesman said last week he could not comment on student disciplinary cases.
School board candidate Yolanda Williams stood with Al-Amin to support his message.
“Things like this, as a parent, are unacceptable,” said Williams, who is running against James English in OPS Subdistrict 1. “We want people to have confidence in what's going on in OPS.”
Elections are May 14.
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