11Alive News is taking great care to report this next story with discretion and with concern for the children involved. There is an investigation underway at James Jackson Elementary School in Jonesboro, that four kindergartners were involved in sexual behavior. We, of course, will not be using any names to protect the children involved, and we are also choosing not to be live from the school to keep from impacting the students that go there.
There has been much discussion at 11Alive as to whether this should be covered on the news. Ultimately, we decided because there are allegations that there was a lack of adult supervision which allowed such a disturbing situation to happen inside a classroom, we should be asking serious questions for our community.
JONESBORO, Ga. - Clayton County School officials have confirmed that an incident involving allegations of sex acts among four kindergarten students was being investigated.
Officials said the incident came to light two days ago. They said that it happened at James Jackson Elementary School in Jonesboro. A student told a teacher what had happened, who then went to the principal at Jackson Elementary; who in turn, went to school system officials.
The alleged acts occurred in a classroom. Officials said it was unclear as to why the teacher and paraprofessional were not aware or did not notice what was happening.
School spokesperson Vicki Gavalas would not give details, except to say, "This situation is extremely disturbing and we are investigating thoroughly and completely."
Gavalas said there was nothing in the situation to warrant criminal charges, but she would not rule out administrative actions against faculty.
She said there are normally 30 students in the classroom, but was not aware of the status of students or the instructors at this point. Gavalas said the school system could provide counseling to students and parents if needed.
She said telephone calls and letters were going out to Jackson Elementary families informing them of the investigation, but as school let out Friday, 11Alive News found that some parents still had not heard of the situation and could not believe it.
"I'm just shocked - I mean children these days? I don't know what to say," said one person, who was at the school Friday afternoon.
School spokesperson Gavalas said the school system's police department is doing the investigation, and she said she is not certain when it will be concluded.