Lawsuit: School Officials Told 14-Year-Old Girl She 'Got Herself Raped'
Lee’s Summit, MO – A school district is being sued over claims that officials failed to act after a middle school student said she was raped.
KCTV reported that the district’s superintendent resigned a day before the civil lawsuit was filed.
The law firm Humphrey, Farmington and McClain filed the lawsuit earlier in July.
The lawsuit alleges that a 14-year-old female student was taken into a boy’s bathroom by a male student at a middle school and was sodomized and raped in December of 2017.
The lawsuit alleges that more than a dozen employees failed to report the assault and then retaliated against the student who said she was raped, according to KCTV.
Attorney Michael Kilgore said that school officials told the girl she “got herself raped” and it was “her fault.”
The lawsuit also alleges school officials told the girl the rape was “all in her head” and she could get over it if she would “face her fears,” according to KCTV.
The district’s response further traumatized the girl, Kilgore said.
“She from day one has told the adults in her life that this contact was not consensual,” Kilgore told KCTV. “These adults in the school system have a responsibility to react.”
Lee’s Summit police said a criminal report was filed and then given to the prosecutors at the time of the incident, according to KCTV. Charges were not filed.
The school district disputes many of the allegations in the lawsuit, according to KCTV. The district said it couldn’t give its account of what happened due to student privacy laws.
School district officials told KCTV they are prepared to defend themselves in court. The district said the lawsuit names several employees at a middle school, board members and a former superintendent.
The attorneys for the female student are asking for more than $15,000 in punitive damages.