A Texas family has filed a federal lawsuit against a school district, accusing administrators of not reporting the repeated sexual abuse of their six-year-old son through his classmate, or to protect him from the perpetrator.
The 13-page complaint against the Greenville Independent School District was filed with the US District Court in the Dallas Division of North District of Texas late last month.
It accuses school district officials to cover up and downplay the molestation of the school & # 39; under the proverbial robe & # 39 ;.
GISD, which visited the court case on Wednesday, has issued a statement denying the allegations in the complaint and vowing to vigorously oppose & # 39 ;.
A federal lawsuit filed in Texas alleges that Greenville Independent School District officials tried to cover up the sexual abuse of a six-year-old student at Katherine G. Johnson STEM Academy
According to court records, the six-year-old son of the prosecutors referred to in the dispute was & # 39; John Doe & # 39; is referred to protect his identity, student at Katherine G. Johnson's STEM Academy in November 2018 when he was sexually assaulted by another student in the school bathroom for the first time, reported The fort that is worthy of Star-Telegram.
A school employee witnessed the incident, but according to the family's complaint, he was unable to report it to the police of Greenville Independent School District or Child Protective Services.
The following day, when the victim's parents met with the school's director, Stacey Kluttz, she said she was unaware of the toilet incident.
The parents also spoke with assistant school inspector Sharon Boothe, who assured them to contact CPS immediately to report the abuse, and promised to make an appropriate safety plan for their son that would include keeping his abuser away from him , according to the court papers.
However, the boy's parents claim in the federal complaint that they are claiming unspecified compensation for damages that neither Kluttz nor Boothe contacted the police or filed a report with CPS, contrary to state legislation that requires a professional to suspect that a child is abused to report to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or a law enforcement agency within 48 hours.
Four months later, on March 12, the same schoolmate allegedly sexually attacked the six-year-old in the bathroom.
A faculty member who entered the facilities for a short time found the victim with his pants down and allegedly punished him. John Doe's attacker had left the bathroom before the arrival of the chairman.
The complaint says that after the second molestation incident in March, the then principal sum Stacey Kluttz (photo) told the parents of the victim: & I'm sorry, I have failed & # 39;
The victim's parents went back to Kluttz, who reportedly told them: & # 39; I'm sorry, I failed. & # 39; The director then admitted, according to the process, that she had not reported the abuse to the police or CPS and that she had no security plan at hand.
The parents then went straight to the school district police, who started an investigation into the abuse. The lawsuit alleges that the school district has asked the police to stop the probe, saying that their own lawyers would investigate the case, reported KETR.
According to the lawsuit, the school district submitted a late report to CPS, but the names of the victim and his alleged abuser were missing, making it impossible for the agency to properly investigate the allegations.
The complaint claims that the trauma caused by molestation has taken a toll on the six-year-old, who started chewing on his clothes and developed a serious fear of the school bathroom.
The lawsuit argues that school officials had reported the first case of abuse in good time and prepared the safety plan as promised, they could have prevented the second attack on the child and saved him additional trauma.
& # 39; John's abuse was serious and widespread and GISD had factual knowledge of the danger but did nothing to prevent further abuse, & # 39; is in the documents, according to the Herald Banner.
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