Update: We initially received incorrect information about the victim’s age, which we’ve now updated.
Seattle police are investigating a third-grader’s claim that she was assaulted at her South Seattle elementary school after she caught an 11-year-old boy and another 12-year-old girl doing “something nasty” in a locker room—which the school may have failed to report to police.
According to a police report, shortly after the 9-year-old victim was dropped off at South Shore K-8 on April 6th for a track practice, school security cameras captured a 12-year-old girl entering a locker room at the school, followed by an 11-year-old boy, and another boy who is 12 or 13 years old.
Surveillance footage shows the 12-year-old girl was alone in the locker room with at least one of the boys for four minutes, before the victim in the assault “is shown creeping into the locker room, only to be followed out into the hallway” by the other girl.
Outside of the locker room, the report says, the 12-year-old girl struck the 9-year-old victim several times—twice in the head and once in the stomach—knocking her to the ground.
The 12-year-old then held the victim on the ground and, the report says, began yelling at her, although surveillance footage did not capture audio from the incident.
It appears the 9-year-old victim is a student at the school, but it’s not clear whether the other children attend South Shore.
In the days following the incident, the victim’s mother noticed that her daughter was “acting peculiar” at home, the report says. “After a few days had passed, [the victim] told her mother that she had seen [the 12-year-old girl] doing ‘something nasty’ with a boy in the locker room at South Shore Elementary School.”
According to the report, the victim told her mother the other 12-year-old “was angry at her for interrupting her with the boy, which is why she assaulted her.”
The girl’s mother called police and reported the incident on April 12th.
When police contacted staff at South Shore later that day, they told officers “a teacher at the school…was investigating the matter on the school’s behalf.”
It’s not entirely clear when the school learned of the incident, but according to Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt, schools “are mandatory reporters,” and “would have a duty to report something like this.”
A Seattle school district spokeswoman could not immediately be reached Tuesday afternoon to address whether the school had failed to contact police, or comment on why staff may have failed to report the incident.
According to the report, school staff showed officers the surveillance tape and provided the names of the boys involved in the incident, but had not provided police with a copy of the footage at the time of the report.
Last week, the school district announced South Shore would be closed for the rest of the year due a mysterious odor which has sickened students and teachers at the school.