I did speak with Department of Children and Families about the reporting of child abuse. DCF generally doesn’t get involved if the victim of child-on-child abuse is older than 12, unless there is also neglect by a caregiver or guardian.
“Based on the information below (which is the statement from School Board member Jeff Bergosh), we would not become involved in a sexual assault involving children 12 and older – these types of situations are usually reported to law enforcement.”
Patricia B. Franklin
Circuit 1 Operations Manager
Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties
ACCESS, Child Protective Investigations, Adult Services Program
As we know, Tate High School or the School District did not report the sexual assault to law enforcement. A mother of another child in the class did.