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Croton-Harmon Forms Task Force Following Sex Assault Fallout

Members of the Croton-Harmon Board of Education.
Members of the Croton-Harmon Board of Education. Photo Credit: File

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-- A task force has been formed at the Croton-Harmon School District after a student said she was bullied and threatened after accusing two students of sexual assault.

Superintendent Edward Fuhrman and Board President Iris Bulgliosi made the announcement in a letter to the community. The task force will be comprised of students, faculty, and parents and be spearheaded by Dr. Deborah O'Connell, Assistant Superintendent.

"It is up to us, as a community, to maintain a culture focused on the prevention of sexual assault, bullying and harassment," Furhman and Bulgliosi wrote.

At a Dec. 1 board meeting, a 14-year-old who said she was sexually assaulted by two students at a party in Yorktown accused the Croton-Harmon Board of Education of not doing enough to prevent the bullying she said she's been subjected to since she came forward.

The girl's name is being withheld by Daily Voice.

She said the teens being allowed back in school while she is forced to stay at home sends the wrong message. The two teens have been charged with juvenile delinquency and the case is being handled in family court. 

The task force is planning a series of monthly events that will be geared primarily to older students through the end of the school year.

Next week, high schoolers will view a TED Talk about ways sexual violence can be prevented by understanding its roots and empowering individuals to effect change in their communities.

In January, the district will host an evening panel discussion to discuss consent, harassment, and sexual assault. 

"The physical and emotional well-being of every student in our schools is of paramount importance," Fuhrman and Bulgliosi said.  

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