NAACP and sheriff's office square off after girl, 7, sexually assaulted at NC school
By WNCT News
GREENVILLE, NC -
A Pitt County elementary school student claims another student sexually assaulted her on school property.
According to reports, the student says she was assaulted May 28th at Pactolus Elementary but investigators say her parents didn't report it until June 4th.
Deputies say they are doing everything they can to investigate this case -- but the NAACP says they aren't doing enough.
"An arrest needs to be made. This was a 7-year-old child. A baby," said NAACP Pitt County chapter president, Calvin Henderson.
He had strong words for investigators, but Pitt County deputies have a strong message of their own.
"We certainly will not be bullied by any organization who thinks that we need to make an arrest, just for the sake of making an arrest," said Captain Paula Dance, with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators have not released the ages of the students allegedly involved in the sexual assault. But Henderson says the victim is just 7-years-old and her accused attacker is 14 or 15. Students at the school range from kindergarten to 8th grade.
Pitt County school administrators say they received the report on June 5th, a day after the Sheriff's office was notified. Since that time they say they've been fully cooperating with the investigation.
But Henderson says investigators and the school board aren't doing enough.
"They have just dropped the ball and we want to know why," he said.
Dance says it's not an open and shut case.
"We have to take those allegations and investigate them. That does not mean we don't believe the victim but we want to make sure that we can substantiate what the victim says in any sexual assault," she said.
In the meantime, the NAACP says they aren't giving up. And neither are investigators.
"I certainly would like to extend to any organization who does an outside investigation, independent of ours, to share that information with us. If this information is useful, we'll use it. If not, you know, we appreciate your time and effort but we're going to do it the way we've done it in the past and it seems to work," said Dance.
There will be a press conference Thursday morning about this case in front of NAACP headquarters in Greenville.
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