2 custodians on leave after alleged abuse on student
EVERETT, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two custodians at a school in Everett are on administrative leave after parents claim their child was molested.
7News has learned the victim is a young girl at the George Keverian School in Everett. Sources say the girl said she was inappropriately touched in the girls’ bathroom. The girl’s parents went to police, who then went to the school on Friday. The girl had not been in school since Wednesday.
The girl said she didn't know which custodian was the one that touched her, so both were notified after police informed school officials what they were investigating.
"We don't know if they're true or not, but we have to take the precaution. Obviously student safety is our most important issue," said Frederick Forestiere, Everett School Superintendent.
The atmosphere inside the school was tense after the staff was alerted of the allegation. It had parents worried about their own children.
"She's a little on the shy side, so if something happens she'd probably wouldn't open her mouth and wouldn't say anything. But that does make me nervous," said Laura Ebans, who has an 11-year-old at the school.
"I have two grandchildren in the school. That concerns me," said Susan Mealy, a concerned grandmother.
Superintendent Forestiere said custodians were nervous and upset by the allegation, that cast a dark shadow on the school and the people in it.
"It is kindergarten through grade eight, so you do get a little concerned with the older and the younger kids, but that really bothers me," said Miele.
School officials said the custodians are long-time employees, have good working records, and have never had any complaints filed against them.
Everett police and the District Attorney’s office are looking into the allegations.
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