Middle school boys accused of showing genitals to girls

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus mother asked us not to use her name or show her face but says she is sickened by what happened to her child in class this week.

According to Columbus Police reports, a 13-year-old 7th grader at Midland Middle School showed his penis to her 12-year-old daughter and another 12-year old-girl in Spanish class this week.

"It shocked me because I didn't think stuff like that would go on in a middle school," she said.

The student denied it, saying he was messing around in class and put his thumb in his zipper area. He was charged with public indecency and police reports indicate he was suspended for 10 days.

Now, police are also confirming a 14-year-old 8th grader exposed himself to five 13-year-old girls at the school on Warm Springs Road over the past several weeks. Investigators say he made at least one of the girls put their hands on his genitals. That student is facing five counts of child molestation.

School District officials would not discuss any specifics about the cases for privacy reasons.

"Any student in the Muscogee County School District who violates the behavior code and policy, any school rules or even if they commit a crime, is subject to suspension. In addition to suspension, they could face a tribunal. Other repercussions of violating any school code of conduct policies could also involve expulsion," said Valerie Fuller, the Muscogee County School District's spokeswoman.

"I'm glad she came forward and told what happened and I encourage all young girls and boys to do the same thing if anything ever happens to them like this at a school- to let somebody know and don't be scared. I hope they charge him to the fullest with it. He needs to learn while he's young that whatever he did was wrong," the mother added.

School District officials say the girls targeted in these cases have been counseled at the school.

Police say both of the teens charged have been released to their parents.

Their cases have been sent to Juvenile Court.

The Columbus Police Department's Youth Services Division is handling the investigation.

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