Park Hills, Missouri – A 14-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, Aleczander Fujiomoto, was suspended from school, and charged with sexual harassment. The alleged incident took place on the school bus with a bus aide.
According to Desi Mayberry, school district superintendent” He grabbed her around her waist, like a bear hug, and then he gets on top of her and moves in a sexual motion, imitating a sexual act,” Mayberry told Fox News.
At this moment the aide has reconsidered pressing charges against the boy.
Tonia Fujiomoto, the boy’s mother denies any claims of sexual harassment saying to KSDK.com, “If you know Down syndrome children, they’re very loving,” Tonia Fujimoto told the website. “And they’re going to display more public affection than anyone else is going to display.”
The real issue at hand is that around this country people still lack empathy, or the understanding of what it is to have downs syndrome or be mentally handicapped. These are children who very often do not understand the fine line between right and wrong. A child with Down syndrome is very quickly stimulated, and apt to show affection, in addition to not being able to comprehend the possible consequences of their actions.
To punish a child who is just showing emotion and does not understand consequence is an act in futility. What this shows on the part of the school district is a complete lack of ability to properly deal with developmentally challenged children.