4th Graders In West Philadelphia Charged With Attempted Rape (VIDEO)
Three 10-and-11-year-olds turned themselves into the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit Tuesday, and have been each charged with attempted rape and indecent sexual assault, WPVI reports.
The victim was an 8-year-old male classmate, whom the three allegedly attacked in a bathroom at West Philadelphia's Bryant Elementary School.
Capt. John Darby told the Associated Press the three boys were charged as juveniles and have been taken into police custody.
"I felt helpless," the victim's mother told WPVI. "It took him almost 7 hours to try to tell me what happened."
During the police investigation, school officials ordered all students travel to the restroom in pairs, and a school counselor met with every class to discuss inappropriate behavior, according to Philly.com.
Since the incident, the victim has been transfered to another school.