A California preschool has been shut down after several reports that 4-year-old and 5-year-old students have been engaging in sexual activities with each other.
Richard McCarthy was the first parent to publicly allege that oral sex was taking place between preschoolers at First Lutheran Church of Carson School.
He says that his 4-year-old boy received oral sex from a 5-year-old student on numerous occasions.
“He told me about all the bad things that girl had been doing to him,” McCarthy told reporters. “It went down in the classroom, it went down in the bathroom and it went down out on the playground.”
He also claimed that a female student drew on his son’s body with marker during naptime.
“When I took his pants off to put him in the shower, he’s got magic marker all over his privates and all over his butt.”
Another parent, who asked not to be publicly identified, told ABC News that her daughter said the sex acts weren’t a one-time incident.
“The way that she explained it, it was kind of like it was an everyday thing … from pulling the pants down to exposing themselves to, you know, trying to get somebody to put their mouth on the privates. It’s unfathomable on so many levels. For one, that it actually happened. For two, where it happened. For three, how often something happened.”
The First Lutheran Church of Carson School was cited by the California Department of Social Services for a sexual incident between kids, but school administrators have denied the allegations.
In a statement, the pastor said, “The incident Mr. McCarthy has raised, though unfortunate, happened last October and was addressed and dealt with at that time. Mr. McCarthy chose to keep his son enrolled in the school until a week ago. We do not know why Mr. McCarthy has waited until now to take the allegations to the media.”
McCarthy, along with five other families, have filed lawsuits against the school. But they are struggling to place their children in other schools in the meantime.
“Parents are saying, ‘My child is now a predator. Now how can I let him go to another school?'” Greg Owen, an attorney for the families told the Daily Mail.
What would you do if you were one of these parents? How do you teach these children that what they were doing was wrong – without overly shaming or confusing them?