Two teenage boys have been accused of raping a 12-year-old and a 13-year-old girl in the auditorium of a Bronx junior high school, according to authorities.
The alleged rapes occurred on October 16th sometime between noon and 2:15 p.m. at JHS 145 in the Claremont section of The Bronx. According to the NYPD, two boys aged 13 and 14 took the unidentified victims to a secluded section of the school's auditorium and assaulted them. The victims were treated at a local hospital once authorities were alerted; the 14-year-old boy was charged with third-degree rape and criminal sex act, and the younger boy was charged with first-degree rape and criminal sex act.
A parent told CBS 2 they were appalled the alleged rapes occurred on campus. "How could that happen if you had security sitting up in the front?" he said. "I feel like security wasn’t doing their jobs because the auditorium is right here in the front. I mean, what were they doing at the time and why was the auditorium open if it was empty?"
The Department of Education says school guidance counselors will be on hand to help students. Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina offered us the following statement:
I am deeply disturbed and saddened by these reported events. My thoughts are with the students and families affected by this horrible incident. As a mother and grandmother, I treat every student as my own and every school must be a safe haven. The NYPD is addressing this matter, and we have provided additional guidance counselors and support to the school to aid its students and families during this difficult time.
The two boys are reportedly not being charged as adults.