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Lawrence Township investigating ‘game’ involving inappropriate touching

It was called “the game.”  It involved students, touching the private parts of other students at school.

Sheri Mickelsen’s fifth grade son saw it “played” in the school’s library.

“A little girl was kneeling down to get a book and then a little boy came over behind her and started tickling her,” said Mickelsen. “Then she ended up on the floor, and he was on her and would not let her up.”

According to the school, seven fifth-graders at Crestview Elementary School are at the center of the acts of inappropriate touching.  It has mothers like Mickelsen worried.

“I am actually contemplating pulling them out of school and doing the K-12 program with them,” said Mickelsen.

The school said one of the girls involved in “the game” came to them Tuesday, upset about what was going on.  That was when the investigation began.

“It is very important to understand what all occurred, who all was involved, and to make sure we do right by all of our children,” said Lawrence Township Spokeswoman Mary Louise Bewley.

All parents at the school received text messages, parents of fifth grade students received a phone call.  Three students have been suspended, but the remaining four are back in school.

“That is a problem,” said Mickelsen.  “I know you have to be careful and make sure you find out the whole story, but I say you protect the kids first and ask questions later.”

Bewley said the school plans to separate the students, offering counseling and support.

“We do not think a 10-year-old should be expelled, that is not the best way for him to understand the changes that are going on,” said Bewley.

Mickelson worried if those kids are walking down the halls again, it will desensitize other students like her son.

“At this point, I would like some more information and some questions answered,” said Mickelsen.

Members of Lawrence Township School said they will err on the side of education and bring in national programs like Good Touch, Bad Touch to re-enforce the fact that inappropriate touching is wrong, and it will not be tolerated at school.

20 comments

    • Indyracer57

      No NO NO. We must make these students "feel" good. Paddle might take care of the problem but we must bring in the counselors to make them feel good today.

  • ClanSmokeJaguar

    Around that age boys were copping a feel on girls and it never made the news.

    On the other hand no one ever pinned a girl to the floor without letting her up either.

    It doesn't, however, suprise me about Crestview. That place is lost.

  • Brenda

    “We do not think a 10-year-old should be expelled, that is not the best way for him to understand the changes that are going on,” said Bewley.

    Are you serious? ………………..

    These kids just molested other children and you want them walking the halls. Thee" game " kids have learned this from their parents or by watching porn on the internet. Where are the parents in this whole mess. As for the 10 year old,,he needs to be sent home and have a good old fashioned butt spanking.

    Mrs. Bewley needs to take some sensitivity and PR training, she is in way over her head.

    • Guest

      Are you serious Brenda? Your response is to name call? Talk about bad parenting, fine example.

      I am deeply concerned you might be a parent of a child……

      • Brian

        Its OK to look but you better not touch even if she is on her knees praying. My daughters know what to do if they were in this situation, tell dad, teacher, principal and then take action. I mean the ol nutcracker knee move followed by a head butt and a poke in the eye.

  • Victim

    I'm the parent of one of the little girls involded and the way the shcool has handled this intire situation is uncalled for. if a grown man came up to one of these women at the school and started humping them and then said it was a game they would press charges. My daughter will not be going back to school but there again it is left in the schools hands if they will allow her to transfer. Which is wrong in itself they have not protected my daughter and I have no trust in them at all. This was happening under the Libriarian's, teachers, subs and the principals nose and when a girl reported it on Tuesday they told her to come back if it happens again. I want justice for my daughter and help for this young man. I'm very, very, very angry with our system!!!!!!!!!!

    • Think deeper

      I am sorry that happened to your daughter. But let's not compare kids to grown adults….punishments should not be the same. Also, have you considered that removing your daughter from the school instead of letting her see it handled in the proper manner might make her feel like part of it was her fault? Taking her away from the bad kids is one thing; taking her away from her friends isn't fair to her either. It might not have been handled correctly at first, but I think now that the news has a hold of it, it will be addressed….probably too far (i.e. no hugging, tag, etc)

      • Brian

        Are U kidding me? What about the 11 yr old who killed his best friends stepfather? He was charged as an adult. This is the age group that what a child learns now will carry on when he is an adult. Fix the problem now and maybe, Just maybe he or she won't end up in prison.

  • 2012grad

    lawrence township schools are getting worse because they let their school districting fees down. anyone can go. these schools were rated with high stars til they got kids from tech warren etc. and maybe the kids who are playing these games are getting molested or something is going on at home. dont badmouth lawrence township

  • guest

    It all starts for the school at the top. You have a Director who can't get fired(read her contract) and administrators who are making the teachers feel scared about any issue. No one wants to confront issues due to the fear of a lawsuit. They have no backbone.
    The kids behavior starts at home. Parents be parents. Its not your teachers and schools job to teach morals.

  • guest

    folks, the parents should be offered a choice, you or your child gets removed from the society that was violated…. mis-raised child goes to another school with monitoring or parent makes financial restitution and lots of community service with sex offenders. my guess is the parents of the mis-trained children will throw their kids under "the bus".

  • PBJ

    Lawrence township parents step up and be parents . . . if you were doing their jobs as parents the schools wouldn't be having to deal with issues like this. . . the problem with public education is the public. . . parents who don't do their jobs and then blame the schools when their kids get in trouble. . . it's time that schools tell the truth and put the responsibility on the families.

    • schools will be schools

      The topic isn’t parenting, it is the school’s response to children being molested under their supervision. Take you ritaln and stay on topic.

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