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Mother outraged at no communication in alleged elementary school sexual assault

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A mom is in disbelief after learning her daughter was allegedly sexually assaulted along with two other girls on the school playground. The woman who is not being identified says her daughter asked to call home while being questioned by school staff at Anderson Elementary school in Minneapolis and was told no.

"It started out with snowball throwing and chasing around which is normal behavior on the playground," she said. "The boys then aggressively started to chase them. My daughter fell and one of the boys got on top of her, another unzipped his pants and exposed himself."

The fifth grade girl then watched as the boys allegedly did the same thing to her best friend and choked her to the point where she blacked out.

"They were literally saved by the bell," the mom said.

According to the mother, the girls reported the incident to their teacher around noon and were then secluded from the rest of the class to talk with them for almost two hours. There were no phone calls to the parents and according to Minneapolis Public Schools, the incident is under investigation and "Minneapolis Public Schools will continue to review safety procedures to prevent future incidents from occurring."

"I feel like this was a cover up, that they tried to cover this up," the mom said. "If I didn't handle the situation the way that I handled it, we wouldn't be here right now. Nobody would know that a sexual assault happened at Anderson involving 5th graders."

Minneapolis Police say the investigation is no longer a police case due to the age of the children. The case is now in the hands of Hennepin County Child Protective Services.

On Monday, Minneapolis Public Schools released a statement saying they believe school officials acted appropriately. It can be read in full below:

"It is always our goal to notify families of students who are involved or effected by an incident as quickly and as accurately as possible. With regards to an incident that occurred at Andersen United Community School last Wednesday, school officials were informed of an incident that occurred during recess in the early afternoon. The school administration responded immediately by interviewing the students involved and gathering accurate information about the situation. We believe that the school administration acted appropriately by notifying families of students involved in the incident as soon as information was clarified, which was within about an hour and a half. We regret that some families feel that this notification came too late. Again, it was our intent to notify families as quickly and accurately as possible."

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