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Tensions rise between parents at SISD meeting addressing alleged child rape incident

By: Gina Benitez
SOCORRO, Texas -- Tensions rise as parents looked for answers about an alleged rape incident at a Socorro Elementary School at a meeting held by the district Friday night.

Hundreds made their way to Socorro High School for the meeting, held by the district after a child with autism is reportedly raped at Hilley Elementary School.

The meeting started out pretty typical.

District officials started talking about safety measures being taken and some changes being made within the district.

Then, about a-half hour in, parents a part of the local autism community lost their cool.

Parent after parent took the mic demanding answers from the Socorro Independent School District and cut the district's presentation very short.

As we've reported, earlier this month, a young boy with autism came home from Hilley Elementary and reportedly told his parents a man had hurt him in the bathroom at school.

When they took him to the hospital, his parents say a nurse confirmed he'd been raped.

The district held the meeting Friday to assure parents that they were doing everything possible to protect the students.

They said they've placed a permanent police officer at Hilley, have brought in CPS, Socorro PD and an outside party to conduct a separate investigation and plan on installing 10 cameras on every SISD campus.

District officials also say restrooms are being constantly checked.

But for many, it isn't enough.

Sandra Reza was in the minority as she voiced support for the district.

"As I was trying to make my point, there is no way of getting through those people because all they want is what they're here for," Reza said.

She admits knowing very little about the case but stands strong in her beliefs.

"It's individual experiences you know what I mean? And it's not the same for all of us," Reza said.

Another parent, Brenda Trillo, wishes the district would have informed parents sooner; something the superintendent agreed with.

"I feel a little violated. My kids are going to that school and you hear things like that, you're on your way to work and I mean it's devastating," Trillo said.

KFOX 14 asked her if she expected Friday night's meeting to get so emotional.

"Definitely when there's something alleged that's that outrageous and you have children involved, yeah," Trillo said.

SISD said it's instituted the buddy system at the school and plans to start up other safety programs in the near future.

 

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