Police say they were called to the Rise and Shine Academy in Toledo, Ohio, on March 18 to investigate inappropriate touching between three first-grade students.
According to the police report, three female students, ages 6, 7 and 8, entered the bathroom. While inside, sexual acts were performed.
Dr. Pat McKinstry, the CEO of the charter school, told CNN affiliate WTOL that school administrators learned about the situation when a student reported something “nasty” happening in the bathroom. Immediately, the children were called to the office and their parents were called to the school.
The child who they say initiated the incident has not been back to school. Before she can return, school officials say they are requiring the girl receive counseling.
The Toledo Police Department tells HLN the investigation has been turned over to the Lucas County Children Services. Julie Malkin, the public information officer at LCCS, confirmed, telling HLN, “All we can say is that we are investigating.”
HLN's call to the Rise and Shine Academy was not immediately returned, but they did issue a statement to WTOL, saying, “We've been made aware with the situation that involves like-age children and due to the sensitivity of the matter, because of the ages of the children, the incident is still under investigation. We're not at liberty to discuss further details, but additional policies have been put into place to ensure the continued safety of our children.”