I got a call from my son’s school today. They started off with, “He’s OK.”
Having established that, my brain went to: what did he do? My son’s autistic, and sometimes we get calls from school about issues. “He didn’t do anything.” OK.
Then his teacher told me he’d been sexually touched at lunch. Another student, from another class, sat next to him and groped him under the table.
My son got up and told a grown up. The principal and the school counselor and multiple teachers, and the other parents, are all going through all of the report writing that follows these things.
I’ve asked my son a few times now if he’s ok, without leading him too much. He says he is, but he also seems a little subdued to me. Didn’t want to go out and play with his friends.
I feel like I’ve been punched in the stomach. We assume safety for our kids at school, I suppose. I also feel angry. I feel like crying. I want to yell at someone, but there’s no one to yell at.
I’ll mention this to my son’s psychiatrist, so she’ll be checking in on him too. We’ll also be having conversations with the school next week about what they’re going to do to protect him/prevent this from happening again/help him out now that it has happened.
I know that school’s are mandated to report adult on child sexual contact, but I don’t know about child on child. I’m in CA. Does anyone know?