A Cedar Springs parent is taking legal action against a school district over how they allegedly handled an assault on school grounds. The parent filed a suit in federal court earlier this week.
The lawsuit alleges the school district violated the Title IX amendment. The amendment bans sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal funding.
A then 15-year-old girl claims that in 2014, a boy started slamming a locker door into her. The suit says the girl reported the incident to a security guard who claimed the boy likely had a crush on the girl and was just flirting.
It then allegedly happened again, this time the girl was injured and reported the assault. The suit reports school officials allegedly told the girl and her mother that the assault was "horseplay" and there was nothing the district could do about it.
The girls mother took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with acute head trauma and had a concussion during the assault.
The suit says the girl's parents filed a police report against the boy and he was charged with assault and battery as a juvenile.
Once charged, he and his friends allegedly began spreading rumors about the girl taunting and bullying her. Due to her head injury, she was unable to focus and concentrate which affected her schoolwork.
The suit alleges the school district failed to promptly and appropriately investigate and respond the assault. Failure to do so allegedly furthered sexual harassment and a hostile environment which denied the young girl access to educational opportunities.
The suit is asking for compensation due to the physical and psychological damage the girl endured, as well as steps the school would take to avoid a similar incident in the future.
We did reach out to the school district for comment but have yet to hear back.
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