Parents, city leaders address violent incidents in Mount Vernon schools

In an effort to curb violence inside Mount Vernon schools, city leaders and parents met to address recent incidents. One of the main topics of concern involved the alleged rape of a 14-year-old developmentally disabled student from Alfred Franko Middle School.

The teen's mother is blaming the school for the incident, saying officials let her daughter be signed out of class by a stranger. According to the mother, the school did not check 19-year-old Dorian Rose's identification and allowed him to walk off with the girl. While Rose was arrested, parents in Mount Vernon want to know how the situation could occur.

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis says a number of schools do not have any violent incidents. He says the good schools outweigh the problem classrooms within the city. The mayor admits the alleged rape of the 14-year-old points to lapses in security and school policy at Alfred Franko.

The Alfred Franko Middle School is also dealing with another abuse allegation. Last Friday, the father of a different 14-year-old girl says his daughter received e-mails soliciting sex from a school volunteer. The volunteer, 19-year-old John Isaac, faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.

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