Sex Attacks at Texas School

Teen recounts sexual assaults by older kids at Sunnyvale Middle School

Seventh-grade boys at Sunnyvale Middle School feared going to first-period PE class. They knew what might await them: Vicious attacks by older eighth-grade students.

Throughout much of last school year, a pack of eighth-graders repeatedly threatened to sexually attack the younger students before and after class.

“They would say, ‘I’m going to get you on Monday,’ ” recalled a 13-year-old seventh-grader, who told The Dallas Morning News that he witnessed the attacks almost daily. ” ‘We are going to rape you.’ ”

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department has concluded its investigation and has recommended that the Dallas County district attorney’s office prosecute five eighth-grade boys for aggravated sexual assault and/or indecency, according to Kim Leach, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

Ms. Leach declined to answer questions about the exact nature of the sexual attacks.Whatever the facts, Sunnyvale ISD already has reacted to the case. Starting this fall, students will be required to take a “values-based” class to help them make good choices. And the athletic locker room will be reconfigured so coaches will always be able to see across the room at all angles.

The seventh-grade boy who said he witnessed the attacks agreed to tell his story to The News but didn’t want his name used because he fears retaliation.