Investigation continues following sexual assault at Egypt Elementary - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Investigation continues following sexual assault at Egypt Elementary

A five-year-old boy is having nightmares and is not eating, nearly a week after telling his mother someone sexually assaulted him in a restroom at Egypt Elementary School.
 
The boy's grandmother spoke to Action News 5 anonymously to protect the boy's identity.

After the attack was reported, she said, the Department of Children Services contacted the boy's mother and said they are looking into the matter.  The boy will also be provided with counseling.

"I asked him if he wanted to go to another school.  He said no- he didn't want to go to another school. He's scared," the grandmother said.
    
Family members showed the boy pictures on a website that tracks sex offenders to see if he could spot the person who assaulted him. They also showed him pictures of students and employees at the school.  In each case, he didn't see his attacker.

"He loved school, and now I don't know how it's going to affect him," his grandmother said.
 
Memphis City Schools sent a letter home with parents Monday that said while there are no surveillance cameras at Egypt Elementary School, the School does have numerous safety measures in place.  According to the letter, measures include "a secure camera controlled buzzer-entry system, a thorough check-in procedure for all campus visitors, security officers who patrol the campus area, and it is school policy that students do not walk to the bathrooms and between classes unaccompanied."

The boy's grandmother said his told her that the day it happened they had a special program and she let some children go to the bathroom by themselves.

A Memphis City Schools spokesperson said according to Egypt Elementary's principal, proper protocol was followed and the child was escorted to the restroom.

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