Lawsuit: School Officials Told 14-Year-Old Girl She 'Got Herself Raped'

A lawsuit claims school officials told a 14-year-old female student 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.

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nightangel00
nightangel00

I sure hope that the PA's decision was based on a thorough investigation.

StandforTheBlue
StandforTheBlue

She should answer to how she got into the boys room! Are you serious? Are you for real? If this little girl thought she was in love with this boy and went in voluntarily it gave him NO right to do what he did! Stop blaming the victims!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Only 15,000? Sounds a little low for something supposedly so serious. Maybe there are a lot of “inconsistencies” in the details of the story, And the lawyer knows it and is looking to just get “something” hoping they’ll settle out of court. Though we know nothing about this girl, how she carries herself, her reputation, etc. it should not have happened to her, and the school personnel should have acted, even if in doubt. Though I’m sure there’s a reason why the staff didn’t believe her. Not saying it’s right, or she’s lying, or it was justified by any means, I’m just saying “character” has a lot to to with their perception. And do know that the teachers do talk to one another and spread the “gossip” they hear from other students and staff, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were previous rumors about this poor girl for them to not act on this matter appropriately.

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

The school district superintendent resigns a day before the school is served. He won't get out of testifying unless he leaves the country.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Typical way school employees react. Either they do nothing and deny anything ever happened, or they go so far overboard that it is comical. That's what happens when we have teachers, and administrators in our schools who have not one ounce of common sense.

fuzzy-ma
fuzzy-ma

Is the boy being protected because he is from the "important family " of the town or the star athlete ? Is the girl from the other side of the tracks? That mentality is alive to this day.