Stupor in Quilmes: a school employee was arrested for a case of sexual abuse

Parents of students of Benito Gonzalez de Bernal Institute, in the Buenos Aires town of Quilmes, continue to meet at the door of the establishment located in Viejo Bueno at 1200. They are outraged by the alleged abuse of a nine-year-old girl by who would be the son of the owner of the school, who is of legal age. They are also concerned about their children’s schooling. Now this elementary school is closed and they do not know when it will reopen its doors because, in addition to the accused, as they point out, the Justice should question all the teachers and they fear that other children have been abused.

Now the case is carried out by the Functional Unit of Instruction No. 8, which is in charge of the prosecutor Alejandro Ruggeri, who requested the arrest of the accused, who works as an administrative employee, for the crime of seriously outrageous sexual abuse. Finally, this afternoon the man was apprehended.

THE NATION accessed a WhatsApp audio that the mother of another student sent to the general group of parents. The woman, from the spread of the fact, asked her daughter if she knew her alleged abuser. The girl told him that she did and that she asked the students to open the door for her classmates when they were inside the bathroom cubicles and at the same time she told them not to say anything to “la seno” . In the audio, the girl describes the accused as the “bad boy.”

Benito Gonzalez Institute in Bernal Oeste. Parents reported a case of abuse of a student by the school accountantGerardo Viercovich

Parents distrust everyone. Some call for the entire faculty and administrators to resign, while other voices are calmer. They are deliberating in which organization they can leave some kind of formal complaint to let the school intervene. Of course, the vast majority believe that the owner of the institution turned a blind eye to the inappropriate behavior of her son. Meanwhile, another small group of parents promoted the idea of ​​cutting Calchquí Avenue. Something that has not happened so far.

THE NATION consulted the Association of Institutes of Private Education of the Province of Buenos Aires (Aiepba), and indicated that parents should go with their claim to Regional Headquarters No. 4 of the Private Management Education Directorate.

“They say that the teachers didn’t let the students go to the bathroom during class time because this guy was there. This means that the teachers distrusted him or that they knew something, so I think they should also be investigated. We don’t trust anyone, we hope that the authorities intervene, for now no one has appeared,” says Joel Céspedes, father of two students aged five and seven who attend the institution.

He describes the defendant as a “weird guy” who always smoked inside the school. “The guy did what he wanted, because he was the owner’s son,” says Céspedes.

Joel Céspedes, father of two students aged five and seven who attend the institution.
Joel Céspedes, father of two students aged five and seven who attend the institution.Gerardo Viercovich

The chronological reconstruction made by the parents of the event is that the girl would have been abused last Friday and only on Tuesday did the mother file the complaint. According to the parents who were at the school gate, the mother informed the principal that she had reported the incident, but she did not give it importance and faced with his inaction and the presence of a possible abuser inside the school, she decided to convey her concern to other parents. And that generated the massive call that was seen yesterday and that culminated in strong incidents between the parents and the Buenos Aires police.

“He talked a lot with my baby and he told me that he never had contact with this guy. In addition to the abuse, now we also don’t know when they are going to have classes again, because I don’t know if there were teachers who knew anything and, on the other hand, the mother of the alleged abuser is the owner of the school. So, I don’t know how this situation is going to be resolved,” laments Micaela Foloñez, whose seven-year-old son attends the school.

Benito Gonzalez Institute in Bernal Oeste. Parents reported a case of abuse of a student by the school accountant
Benito Gonzalez Institute in Bernal Oeste. Parents reported a case of abuse of a student by the school accountantGerardo Viercovich

“The outlook is disastrous. If the owner managed the behavior of her son, we are in a situation with no way out. No parent is going to want to drop her child off at this school and pay her a fee. On the other hand, many parents think that teachers should have reported the guy’s inappropriate behavior. I don’t know, maybe they never saw it or never dared to report it, we’ll have to investigate,” says Roxana, the mother of a six-year-old student.

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Stupor in Quilmes: a school employee was arrested for a case of sexual abuse