Richardson police and Richardson ISD are investigating after a 9-year-old girl says she was attacked by a group of boys and threatened to rape her.
The Richardson Terrace Elementary student says five classmates beat her on the last day of school. Her parents are furious over the way the school’s handed the situation.
The alleged incident happened to Nytalia Christian Thursday morning at Terrace Park, located across the street from where the kids go to school. The third grader says the boys – all under the age of ten -- held her by her wrists and ankles and whipped her repeatedly during the off-campus trip supervised by teachers.
“I'm on my way out the school and she says, ‘Mom, something bad happened today’ and she put her head down.” explained Tamar Christian. “They told her they were going to electrocute her, beat her, rape her.”
Nytalia said the boys took her behind a bathroom at the park and used wet twigs and sticks to lash her several times across the back.
“I can't even tell you what I was thinking,” said Tamar. “Prayer is what got me through that day.”
Nytalia told her mom that another classmate got the boys to stop, but her parents were furious no one at the school contacted them.
“My child should not have to report to me what has been done to her, that she has come to a teacher to get assistance for,” said Nytalia’s dad, Melvin Cook.
When contacted by FOX 4, a Richardson ISD spokesman sent a statement saying "When the student initially reported the incident, she did not indicate she was injured or that other students had struck her… Once the school became aware of more serious allegations, they began a separate investigation, and the students involved are facing disciplinary consequences per the RISD code of conduct.”
“For a 9-year-old to even say that they even want to rape someone. She not going make it up,” said Cook.
Nytalia’s mom called 911 from the school. An officer arrived to investigate. Mom says all she wants is justice for her daughter.
“I will never forget her voice. She looked at me, and I was holding her, and she had her head in my chest,” said Tamar. “She looked up and said, ‘Momma, I don't know what I did to make them do that to me.’ I just said you didn't do anything.”
A Richardson ISD spokesman says the five students could face suspension once school resumes in August, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
Richardson police say since the boys are all under the age of ten, they cannot be held criminally liable. However, police can refer the case to CPS for investigation.