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Parents want charges filed against SD Unified employees

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Parents of students in the San Diego Unified School District picketed in front of the city attorney's office Monday.

They want misdemeanor charges to be filed against school district employees accused of not reporting child abuse.

State law mandates that suspected sexual, physical or emotional abuse be reported to outside agencies. The parents claim they filed complaints with school administrators, but no reports were forwarded to police or Child Protective Services.

"Obviously what's happening here is that they're self-policing and they're allowing things like this to be swept under the rug," mother Christine Pinkham said.

Protesting outside the San Diego City Attorney's office Monday, Pinkham claimed her 16-year-old son Nathaniel, a Mission Bay High student with special needs, was placed in a life-threatening position last month when - after Nathaniel was placed on the school bus - someone recalibrated his automated feeding machine, increasing his feeding rate to a dangerously high level.

"I spoke to the principal and asked her to please contact Child Protective Services," Pinkham said, adding that school officials chose not to report it to any outside agency.

An assistant city attorney spoke with the parents and promised to forward their complaints to San Diego police.

"The City Attorney's office really has no authority over the SD school system," Assistant City Attorney Paul Cooper said. "We don't advise the San Diego school system, but we will obviously turn over whatever is given to us to the appropriate agency for investigation."

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