Boy, 7, tried to kill himself twice after 11-year-old bully made him perform oral sex on the school bus

A seven-year-old boy tried to kill himself  twice after he was forced to perform oral sex on an older classmate, it has been  claimed.

According to a lawsuit filed yesterday, administrators at a charter school in the  U.S. repeatedly failed to take action after the youngster was bullied and  sexually assaulted by the older pupil.

The boy, identified only as ‘John’ in the  lawsuit, first told his mother in November 2011 that the 11-year-old boy ‘made  me do something nasty’ in the back of a school bus, according to a police  report.

Worrying: A seven year-old boy tried to kill himself twice after he was forced to perform oral sex on an older classmate, it has been claimed. The boys attended the Downtown Miami Charter School, pictured

Worrying: A seven year-old boy tried to kill himself  twice after he was forced to perform oral sex on an older classmate, it has been  claimed. The boys attended the Downtown Miami Charter School, pictured

The boy said he was forced to perform oral  sex on the classmate, ‘J.R.’ who warned him, ‘If you don’t do this, I’m gonna  hurt you,’ the report says.

The boy’s mother contacted Rebecca Dinda,  principal of the Downtown Miami Charter School the boys attended, according to  the lawsuit.

Ms Dinda assured the mother ‘the assault  would not happen again and that the two children would be separated and closely  monitored.’

But the attorney for the boy’s mother,  Jeffrey Herman, said the bullying and threats continued, followed by a second  sexual assault in a school restroom.

‘They have a duty to prevent that harm from  happening with these little kids,’ Mr Herman told reporters. ‘The school failed  miserably.’

The younger boy’s mother said ‘John’  attempted suicide twice after that, once by deliberately standing in traffic  with his eyes closed and another time by sticking a metal hanger in an electric  socket.

Claims: The attorney for the boy's mother, Jeffrey Herman, said the school had failed miserably

Claims: The attorney for the boy’s mother, Jeffrey  Herman, said the school had failed miserably

The mother, who asked not to be identified by  name to protect her son’s identity, said he is now taking psychological  medications, has frequent difficulty sleeping and making friends and will likely  undergo therapy for years.

‘It has been a nightmare, and I would not  want anybody to feel the way I do,’ she said.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Charter Schools  USA Inc., operator of the school, said in a statement it could not comment  directly on the lawsuit’s allegations but added that ‘student safety and  security are among our highest priorities.’

The lawsuit also names a bus service and  driver as defendants.

It is not clear whether the Miami Police  Department had concluded its criminal investigation.

Mr Herman said when sex assault allegations  are made against one child by  another, it’s not always clear that the  perpetrator knew that a crime  was being committed.

He added that ‘J.R.’ is also undergoing  mental counseling.

Mr Herman said the lawsuit will seek damages  ‘in the millions’ to cover what will likely be years of therapy needed for  ‘John,’ who will no longer attend Downtown Miami Charter.

It also could affect his ability to earn a  living, Mr Herman said.

‘There will be big damages in this case. His  life will never be the same,’ he said.

Ms Dinda declined  to comment.

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