Parents blame school for child's rape

Parents say daughter has special needs

Published On: Feb 01 2013 09:53:19 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 01 2013 11:16:58 PM CST
Teen rape
HOUSTON -

When a 16-year-old girl attended Sam Houston High School, a teacher's assistant made sure she got between classes and on and off of the school bus safely.

While she is a 16-year-old girl, her dad said she has special needs.

"Her mental comprehension is like that of a five year old," said her dad. "She don't understand the difference between right and wrong, and good and bad."

On Jan. 17, her parents said the school called. She did not get on the bus or come home as her parents looked in northeast Houston.

One day later, the girl showed up at her grandma's home. Her parents said they took her to the hospital and tests showed she had been raped. She said two man offered her a ride.

"She don't understand the difference between not trusting people," said the girl's mother. "She said I'm trying to get home. They took advantage of her."

Her mother says she blames the school district and the teacher's assistant. She said it was his responsibility to make sure she got on the bus safely, and she said her school admissions documents prove it.

The school district said, as part of the agreement with the parents, the girl was allowed unsupervised bathroom breaks. This is when the school believes she snuck off.

HISD released the following statement:

"Administrators are currently reviewing an incident involving a 16-year-old student who left Sam Houston MSTC High School (9400 Irvington) on Thursday (January 17) afternoon to ensure proper procedures were followed.

A preliminary review of the situation indicates that the student left the school after telling a staff member that she was going to restroom. At this point, there is no indication that standard protocol was not followed."

Houston Police confirm the family filed a police report. The girl's parents said her attacker is still on the loose.

The girl's parents said she does not want to go back to school, and they do not want to allow her to return until they know she will be secure.