A 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome has been raped by an employee at a special needs school in South Africa, according to reports.
The worker, reported to be a groundsman, is alleged to have assaulted the boy after locking him in a classroom at the Actonville Training Centre Special School in Benoni on August 5.
The child’s mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she found the boy in the classroom after searching for him with teachers.
“We walked around the school calling out his name but he did not respond. I was scared and confused and didn’t know where else I would look for him,” the mother told the South African daily newspaper Sowetan.
The mother said she saw the suspect running through the corridor, before slowing down when he saw her walking with the school’s teachers while looking for the boy. She claimed the worker then told them that the boy was probably asleep in one of the classrooms.
“He went to one classroom and unlocked it. It was strange that my son came out immediately—not like someone who was asleep—but like someone who had been up and was waiting for the door to be opened,” the mother added. “I didn’t pay much attention to it because I was happy to have found him.”
The mother found something strange in the boy’s behavior at the time but said nothing. When they got home, she noticed bloodstains and semen on his underwear, which is when the child informed her he’d been raped.
“He said this was when I was looking for him and that [the suspect] beat him and threatened to kill him if he responded to my calls,” she added.
The mother claimed that after reporting the alleged attack, the school did not immediately suspend the suspect, who continued working on the grounds.
Gauteng Education spokesman Steve Mabona denied the mother’s version of events and said the worker was suspended immediately and that he is due to appear at a disciplinary process in due course.
“The matter has been reported to the police and we will request the police to escalate this sensitive case to the province for necessary attention,” Mabona said.
Benoni police spokesperson Captain Nomsa Sekele told Independent Online: “I can confirm that a rape case has been opened and no one has been arrested yet.”
Speaking to SABC, Gauteng police spokeswoman Brigadier Mathapelo Peters added: “There is unfortunately no conclusive evidence to link any person.
“We need to make sure that if we do arrest any person that has been named, we must be sure that this person really committed the crime so that at the end of the day, the police don’t sit with a case of unlawful arrest against them.”
9-year-old genius to graduate university
(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.
Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.
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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem
Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.
The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.
Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.
🚨WANTED for ASSAULT: on 11/6 at approx 3:43 PM in front of 128 West 112th St in Manhattan, a 32 yr old male was walking with his 8 yr old son when a white BMW jumped the curb & hit the father & son. The driver then got out and slashed the father. Call @NYPDTips with any info. pic.twitter.com/cwd79rcM4c
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 15, 2019
Father and son were both knocked through a gate.
The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.
One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.
McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.
McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.
Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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