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JPS probes elementary school sexual assault allegations

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Two elementary school girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by another female student. One incident happening while the two girls were at school. Two elementary school girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by another female student. One incident happening while the two girls were at school.
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Two Jackson mothers are speaking out after they say their daughters were sexually assaulted by another female student. One of the incidents allegedly happened at school.

One child is 11 years old, the other is just 9 years old, and their mothers say they have been scarred for life. The two mom's say they have filed numerous reports, and after hours of tears and anger, nothing has been done.

"I picked her up from daycare," Elizabeth Gray said. "She was upset, she was crying saying a little girl in her classroom had grabbed her by the head, put her in a headlock, stuck her hand down her own pants, touched herself and wiped it on my little girls upper lip."

Gray said when her 11-year-old daughter told her what happened, she immediately contacted the Jackson Police Department, Jackson Public Schools and Boyd Elementary School officials. She said she was shocked to hear what the principal had to say.

"The principal told me I'm going to have to tell my daughter to fight her," Gray said.

Since that April 25 incident, Gray said nothing has been done. She said she has filed numerous reports with the school and the police.

Meanwhile, the 12-year-old girl who is allegedly responsible has reportedly preyed on another child. This time it's her neighbor who is only 9 years old.

"She was telling me that the girl across the street has touched her inappropriately," said Sherika Gilbert. "So I took her to the hospital. They told me she has been touched."

Gilbert said this has scarred her little girl for life. After confronting the mother of the child who allegedly did this, she found out there are more victims.

"More children that she has touched. A girl two houses up, she touched her," Gilbert said. "I talked to her parents yesterday. It really hurts me I never thought it would be one of mine."

"It makes me so mad, because I brought this to the schools attention in April about this little girl and nothing is being done," Gilbert said. "I want everybody at that school held accountable for their actions."

Gray said her daughter told four teachers the day of the incident and none of them did anything.

The Jackson Public Schools released the following statement:

"The Jackson Public Schools Office of Campus Enforcement is conducting an investigation into an alleged sexual activity involving students at Boyd Elementary School. A review of all facts and information obtained from witnesses is being conducted. Applicable outside law enforcement agencies have been notified to help facilitate a thorough and comprehensive investigation. If warranted, the district will take appropriate disciplinary actions as it is related to Board policy. Jackson Public Schools is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all of its students."

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