Top Stories 2012: Ossining Students Arrested At Dorner School

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Ossining school district parent Kenyetta Harrison, right, and nearly 250 other residents attended a special meeting in May in response to reports of an attempted sexual assault at Dorner Middle School in April. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell

OSSINING, N.Y. – Two eighth-graders from Anne M. Dorner Middle School were charged with juvenile delinquency in April after one of them allegedly attempted to force a boy to perform oral sex in a school bathroom while the other one blocked the door, police said.

The incident allegedly took place about 8:25 a.m. April 26 in a boys bathroom on the third floor of the school, said Kieran O'Leary, a spokesman for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. The victim allegedly was approached by two 13-year-old boys in the bathroom.

"One of the them shoved the boy into a bathroom stall and demanded that the victim perform a sex act," O'Leary said.

The assault was prevented when an administrator walking down the hall  heard the victim's cries and intervened, police said.

Upset that they hadn't been notified of the incident by the school district, nearly 250 Ossining residents packed a meeting at Dorner Middle School in May. Afterward, school officials promised that additional steps would be taken to prevent incidents in the future and sent out notices to parents on policy changes in the district.

“We’ve heard from parents in the community who have said we’re over-protecting our students and others who think we should increase steps in our standards and practices,” said Superintendent Phyllis Glassman, adding that every safety measure would be re-evaluated, including the district’s email policy. “We’re always trying to balance our community’s right to know and the district’s responsibility to protect our children. So to balance that and protect the students’ rights, we’re going to take another close look at that.”

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