Thursday, August 18, 2011

Girl expelled for reporting rape

School forces child to apologize to rapist, and he rapes her again

Several years ago there was a case---a 16-year-old girl was expelled from school for reporting that she had been raped by a teacher. Nothing happened to the teacher. A few years later, the teacher, a serial rapist, went to prison for another rape he committed.

Turns out that this is common practice in schools. Children are no safer from sex abuse in public schools than they were in Catholic schools. Sexual predators working in schools are moved from school to school. Their crimes are covered up by school officials. Teachers tend to cover up for each other.

There was a case shown on Dateline NBC or some such show. There was a hearing for a fifth grade teacher being dismissed for sexually molesting girls in his class. One of his former students, now in Air Force, returned to testify that he had done the same thing to her. And the young woman's former 6th grade teacher testified in the teacher's defense, claiming that she remembered this girl and knew her to have always been dishonest.

Now we have another case. The rapist this time wasn't a teacher, but the school did all it could to protect him. They expelled his victim, a 12-year-old girl in special education, and forced her to write and deliver an apology to him. The boy has since pleaded guilty to raping the girl. The girl's mother is suing the school. The school says the lawsuit is frivolous.

This is a school district which recently banned Slaughterhouse 5 and Twenty Boy Summer from it's high school library.

According to the Republic Middle School website, the principal and two assistant principals all graduated from Christian colleges.

A lawsuit filed against a Missouri school district alleges that officials failed to protect a female student from repeated sexual assaults from a male student, and at one point expelled her for reporting the alleged attacks.

A rape examination proved that the girl was telling the truth, and the male student pleaded guilty to charges related to the attack, the suit alleges.

In a response filed in court, the Republic School District in Greene County, Mo., denied the allegations and called the lawsuit "frivolous."

The lawsuit, filed in July, alleges that the girl was a special education student at a Missouri middle school in the 2008-2009 school year when she told officials about harassment, sexual assaults and a rape by a male student.

School officials told her that her story was not credible, and told her mother that she had recanted the story, the suit alleges.

The suit alleges that school officials made the girl write an apology letter and deliver it to the boy -- without consulting with the girl's mother.

She was then expelled for the rest of the school year and reported to juvenile authorities for allegedly filing a false crime report.

She was allowed to come back to school the next year and her mother urged school officials to protect her from the male student. School officials denied the request, the suit alleges.

"During the 2009-2010 school year, (the girl) was terrified that she would be sexually harassed, assaulted , or raped again at school, and was unable to sleep many nights," the suit says.

Though she tried to avoid the boy, she was harassed again. She did not report this because she was scared that school officials would not believe her.

In February 2010, the same boy grabbed her, dragged her to the back of the school library and raped her again, the suit alleges.

"School officials approached (the girl's) claims with the same skepticism as the year before, even going so far as to state that they had 'already been through this,' " the suit states.

The girl's mother took her to a child advocacy center that confirmed that a sexual assault occurred and DNA evidence found in the girl matched the male student, the suit alleges.

The male student was "taken into custody in Juvenile Court and pleaded guilty to charges brought against him," the suit says.

The suit does not state the exact charges the male student allegedly pleaded guilty to.

Despite the results of the test, the girl was suspended from school for what the school called "disrespectful conduct" and "public display of affection," the suit claims.

School officials did not respond to CNN's attempts to get comments, but the school district released a statement on its website.

"It is important to remember that the allegations in a lawsuit are just that -- allegations. The district has filed an answer denying the allegations," part of the statement said. "The district cannot discuss confidential student matters and does not comment on pending litigation."

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages, but did not state a specific dollar amount being sought.

Maybe the law is different in Missouri, but don't they put school officials in jail for failing to report sex crimes against children?

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