PORTLAND -- An investigation is underway at Skyline Elementary School after two reports that a boy touched girls inappropriately on a school bus.
Police said Wednesday that a child abuse team was investigating two separate incidents involving kids under the age of 14 in Dec. of 2011 and Jan. of 2012. Police said the incidents involved two different girls but the same boy.
School officials said they were notified about the incident on Jan. 12. A few days later, a letter went home to parents.
It is my duty to investigate carefully any allegation of sexual harassment - to understand what happened in one incident, but also to learn whether it is part of a pattern, and what risks there may be for allegedly harassing behavior to be repeated, Interim Principal David Wood said in the letter.
District spokesperson Matt Shelby elaborated further on the investigation. He said a 7th grade boy inappropriately touched two 7th grade girls on the bus. He said the parents of at least one of the girls notified school officials, who along with the PortlandPolice Bureau, were investigating the case.
Although this happened on a bus, we view our buses as extensions of a classroom, added Shelby. At the end of the day, anything that takes away from a student's ability to have a safe and welcoming environment at school is unacceptable.
This investigation comes on the heels of another investigation at Grant High School. In that case, sex crimes detectives were investigating an incident that allegedly took place in the locker room, aftera junior varsity basketball game in mid-January.