As a mother, Cherie Nomee has experienced a range of emotions over the past few days.
“I’m upset. I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m torn,” said Nomee. “Because I can’t help my daughter’s feelings.”
Nomee’s daughter, a 9-year-old student at Moten Elementary in Brooksville, came home on Tuesday and informed her a fellow student had touched her inappropriately.
Her daughter has autism and has also been diagnosed with ADHD, but is not in a special needs class.
Nomee says she went into school on Wednesday and was told by administrators there is little they can do.
“They told me that I couldn’t do anything about it, that no charges could be pressed on anybody and that their only form of punishment is that they are not to have any contact,” said Nomee.
Thursday, school officials contacted her and told her the boy accused of touching her daughter has been moved to another classroom.
She’s pleased with that, but doesn’t believe that is enough.
What about recess? What about the hallways? What if this boy tries touching her daugther again?
“She’s terrified. She doesn’t want the school to attack her like they’ve done in the past. She doesn’t want the kids to pick on her, like they’ve done in the past,” said Nomee. “She doesn’t want this boy to pick on her. “
School district officials are bound by confidentiality when it comes to discussing cases like this. But district spokeswoman Karen Jordan says this investigation was handled swiftly and appropriately.
“The staff has followed all of the careful protocols that we have in place. They have followed the student code of conduct,” said Jordan. “Communications have been successfully made with the parent.”
8 On Your Side also contacted the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to inquire about any additional investigation. A spokeswoman for HCSO confirms the school’s resource officer is conducting an investigation into a possible battery.