Thursday, 09 May 2019
Schaerbeek’s municipal council passed a motion expressing its “renewed confidence” in the staff of a Schaerbeek elementary school, after it was targetted by rumours of child sex abuse.
The motion, adopted on Wednesday, turns the page on a scandal that enveloped the Brussels’ municipality in early May, after allegations emerged that a 4-year-old schoolgirl had been sexually abused.
The rumours triggered a wave of protests against school and municipal authorities, which only intensified after an official investigation launched by the authorities found there was no evidence to support the allegations.
In the motion, members of the town council also called on prosecutors to investigate those who exacerbated the rumours and promoted violence, in line with a previous decision by Schaerbeek’s mayor to lodge a complaint on similar grounds.
The school, which was forced to shut down in light of the events, reopened its doors on May 6, after medical professionals sought-out by the girl’s parents, who initially doubted the official investigation, eventually confirmed that the girl had not been sexually abused.
The Brussels Times