A boy of 11 who had been judged a serious risk to other children inflicted the most appalling sexual abuse on a classmate after he was secretly placed in a mainstream school.The victim's devastated parents believe that this was done to save money.
The youngster, who was living in local authority care, had carried out sex attacks on children before but was never charged because he was too young.
Instead, social workers moved him into specialist care, where he should have been taught.
But despite a two-inch thick file on his disturbing behaviour, he was put in a mainstream school, where he began the chain of events that led to the attack on a nine-year-old fellow pupil.
The response from the authorities is as sadly predictable as it is inadequate:
MP Sir Alan Beith, chairman of the justice committee, called for an independent inquiry. He said: 'I'm not satisfied that all necessary steps have been taken to learn lessons from the case.'You know what, Sir Alan? I don't think you really need an inquiry to tell you that, since, incredible as it may seem, he's since been placed in yet another mainstream school:
Last night, his victim's devastated parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the move was an attempt by the council to save money.It's like they are going full-out to top some of their atrocities from last year, isn't it?
And they demanded answers after it emerged the boy has since been placed in another mainstream school. They told how, despite complaining to officials, they felt ignored by authorities and were forced to remove their son after his attacker was allowed to remain in classes for eight months - even after admitting the offence to police.
Northumberland council said the boy was 'doing well with foster parents and at a new school'.That's the future of the predator they are showing such concern for, by the way...
Does anyone think this creature would ever have been placed in a mainstream school if that school had been the one attended by the children of the local council's SS?
No. Me neither...