- Associated Press - Friday, December 8, 2017

HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire school has disciplined some seventh-grade boys after female classmates reported incidents of sexual harassment and bullying, the principal said.

Lincoln Akerman School Principal Mark Deblois said the incidents were reported Nov. 9 to officials at the Hampton Falls institution, according to The Portsmouth Herald. Parents were notified and some boys admitted to the harassment and were disciplined. He declined to comment further.

Some parents at the school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade said this week that one case involved a photo edited to depict a sexual act being committed, and the picture was posted on social media. Deblois confirmed a photo was digitally altered by a student.

Deblois said the female students felt intimidated by boys who harassed them, scrutinized for the clothing they wore and made to feel uncomfortable participating in class activities.

Deblois said guidance counselors talking with the students about the harassment in the coming weeks hope to chart a timeline of how far back in time the behavior goes. He said some of the same boys were involved in sexual harassment last year.

School Board member Greg Marrow, the parent of a seventh-grader at the school, said he wants the board to conduct its own investigation of how the administration handled the harassment.

“I think everybody here is grappling with a very traumatic event,” Marrow told WMUR-TV . “It’s an eye-opener for teachers, administrators, parents, (and the) school board to understand that’s there’s an undercurrent that the girls don’t feel like they are safe.”


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com

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