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Mexico says officials should be fired for school sex abuse

May 06, 2016 - 4:45 PM

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's federal Education Department fired two local officials Friday for not preventing sex abuse at a Mexico City school for young children.

The department said the two supervisory and oversight officials didn't act quickly enough after a complaint was filed in early December.

Another half-dozen complaints by parents surfaced, but the school wasn't hit with a closure order until April.

The department says in a statement that "it is clear authorities acted with laxness, and a lack of speed, diligence and skill in responding to the complaint."

Parents of the students aged roughly 3 to 5 say their children told them they had played sexually oriented games with the husband of the school's director.

The department recommended the permanent closing of the school, located in an upper-middle-class section of the city.

It also said it would come up with better procedures for reporting and responding to sex-abuse allegations.

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