7. On January 15, 2008, the petitioners requested an extension for purposes of presenting their observations. The Commission acceded to their request on January 18, 2008, and gave the petitioners a one-month extension to submit their observations. The petitioners filed their reply on February 18, 2008, which was forwarded to the State on April 17, 2008. The latter was asked to present its observations within one month’s period. On May 20, 2008, the State requested an extension, which the Commission granted on May 28, 2008, giving the State a June 17, 2008 deadline for filing its observations. However, the period set elapsed without observations being received from the State. III. A. POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES Position of the petitioners 8. The petitioners allege that Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín, age 16, was a student in the third year of the basic curriculum at the “Dr. Miguel Martínez Serrano” National Technical High School for Business and Administration, which is a public school under the supervision of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Ecuador and located in Guayaquil. They contend that in 2001, when the alleged victim was 14 and in her second year of the basic curriculum, Paola del Rosario began to have difficulties in two subjects, and was facing the prospect of having to repeat the year. They allege that the assistant principal of the school offered to help her “on the condition that she would go out with him.” 1 They allege further that Paola del Rosario told her mother, Petita Paulina Albarracín Albán, about the offer of assistance, but did not tell her of the condition that the assistant principal had set. They assert that the mother met with the assistant principal and decided that her daughter should repeat the school year, which is what allegedly happened. 9. The petitioners contend that the assistant principal continued to harass Paola del Rosario for the rest of the school year. The petitioners note, for example, how Paola del Rosario told a friend that the assistant principal had “forced her to touch his genitals by cornering her against his desk” and how 1 Original petition received at the IACHR at October 2, 2006, paragraph 3. 3

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