The Rochester mother says another student urinated on her son in the school hallway and school officials failed to discipline the child who did it.
A Rochester mom says the incident happened to her son while he was at a city school. This mother says another student urinated on her son and school officials failed to discipline the child who did it.
This incident happened back in October and Shonna Lynn says she does not feel comfortable sending him back to school until administrators take action to make sure this never happens again. Lynn says her son has only been a student at School 44 on Chili Avenue since the beginning of the school year. Lynn says in this short time her son has been bullied, comes home with bumps and gashes and he has even been given things he's allergic to, but the last straw was when he came home covered in urine.
"This was his first time at anyone’s school and he was excited,” Lynn said. “I was excited.”
Lynn met her kindergarten son at his bus stop on Friday, October 13th.
"As he's coming across the street I see his jacket is open and I can see he is wet,” Lynn said.
She assumed it was an accident, but her son told her it was intentional. She cleaned him up and he began to share details of what happened. Lynn took a video of her five-year-old explaining what happened at school that day.
In the video, he says his teacher sent him and another student outside to the hallway without adult supervision. Lynn tells us this child had already been bullying her son and when the teacher left them alone, it opened the door for her son to be violated.
"I'm so upset about this,” Lynn said. “How do you drop the ball? If this was your five year old son and he got peed on and had a penis put on him...how would you feel what would you do?"
In the video of her son’s account of the incident, he says his heart felt wrinkled when the other student peed on him.
Lynn says she called the teacher, school administrators, the superintendent's office and even the board of education's office, but she says nothing has been done. Lynn says their inaction has driven her to keep her son at home, which keeps her away from work.
"I don't want to place my son in the hands of anyone who is not going to protect him or keep him safe,” Lynn says.
Since her son has been out of school for a month, the vice principal of the school dropped off her son's work, but he couldn'’t offer any details on what was being done about the allegations.
News10NBC reached out to the Rochester City School District. A spokesman said they could not comment in detail because of “legal restrictions.”
The district offered this statement instead:
“We are very much aware of the allegations made in this case and are taking them very seriously. The Chief of Schools, the Principal, and the Office of Parent Engagement are all working with the parent in order to resolve the concerns the parent has expressed. As you well know, we consider these types of reports to be of extreme importance and will continue to work with the parent and family to resolve the issue as promptly as possible.”
Lynn says the district has already dropped the ball.
"They aren't prompt, they're not doing anything and I feel like they don't care,” Lynn said. “I don't want anyone else's child to go through this."
Again, Lynn says that student who urinated on her son still has not faced any sort of disciplinary action.
She says she feels like her hands are tied and just wants to get her son back into a safe environment where he can learn with other students.