HOUSTON, TX – I swear I’m not hunting down school bus stories, it just seems to be a popular topic in the headlines lately. This one is out of Texas, where police arrested two 10-year-old boys and charged them with raping an 8-year-old boy on a school bus.
To make matters even more complicated, all three boys are special needs students.
The two older boys were arrested last week, but the alleged rape happened back in August of last year. The incident was discovered after a parent asked the school district’s transportation department to review the conditions on the school bus that takes special needs students to an elementary school. No reason is given as to why a parent requested this, but reports are that it was not related to the sexual assault.
After the school’s principal reviewed surveillance video taken on the bus, he observed the three boys involved in some kind of inappropriate activity. Authorities are not giving out the details of this inappropriate activity, but the principal took disciplinary action against all three boys, then turned the video over to CPS and the police .
After a lengthy investigation, an investigation the parents of all three boys were a part of, the two 10-year-olds were arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. If convicted, and if prosecutors choose to pursue it, the two boys could face a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
The Houston school district have offered counseling services for all three boys and the 8-year-old boy has since been transferred to another school.
I highly doubt the prosecutors want to be known for sending two 10-year-olds with special needs to prison, so I’m guessing they’ll probably work out some kind of rehabcounseling combo that will please the court as well as the families involved.