The Omaha Public Schools failed to take appropriate action when boys held a girl down at Belvedere Elementary School, tore her shirt and bloodied her nose, a City Council candidate said Saturday.
School officials didn't take the 8-year-old girl to the nurse's office; parents of all children involved weren't notified in a timely way; and the police weren't called immediately, northeast Omaha candidate Tariq Al-Amin said at a news conference.
The boys were arrested Feb. 25 on suspicion of first-degree attempted sexual assault in the Feb. 13 incident. The situation came to light publicly this week.
Al-Amin is running against incumbent Ben Gray to represent northeast Omaha.
"The negligence began with the failure to have adequate staff monitoring the large number of students on the playground," Al-Amin said. His news conference took place at the Aframerican Bookstore at 3226 Lake St.
School Board candidate Yolanda Williams stood with Al-Amin to support his message.
"Things like this, as a parent, are unacceptable," said Williams, who is running against James English in OPS Subdistrict 1. "We want people to have confidence in what's going on in OPS."
Elections are May 14.
-- Rick Ruggles