Mother sues education board after alleged sex assault

by: Trish Williford Updated:

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UNION COUNTY, N.C. - A Union County mother said the school system did nothing to keep her daughter from being sexually assaulted by another student on school grounds of Kensington Elementary School in Waxhaw.

Now that mother has taken the Union County Board of Education to court.

The lawsuit against the Board of Education was filed Wednesday.

It stated girl was a victim of unwanted and aggressive sexual contact and assault by the student. 

The alleged sexual assault happened on Oct. 15, 2012, court documents state the victim told a teacher.

The victim’s mother said the school did not notify her of the incident, according to court documents.

After her daughter told her of the assault, the parents went to the assistant principal and an investigation began.

"She's not the same person because she's been hurt so bad," the mother said Wednesday.

The student accused of taking indecent liberties with the girl was taken out of her class, court documents state, adding, “the two students are not near each other in common areas, such as assemblies and the cafeteria."

But that was not enough and the school did not “meaningfully separate the child victim from the assailant,” the lawsuit states.

The student repeatedly approached the victim in the bathroom with no supervision, on the playground and in the cafeteria, the documents allege.

"They were seated close to each other in the cafeteria, she would approach her on the playground," the mother said. 

The mother reported those instances to the school and officials apologized.

After that in the same school year, court documents state the victim and other student were once again placed in the same class where more harassment occurred.

When the next school year began on Aug. 23, 2013, the victim was harassed again for several weeks, court documents said.

The victim’s parents said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The victim is now being home-schooled.

Now the victim’s family is suing the school system for damages, including the cost of psychological treatment.

"They need to make it right they need to help us get her the help she needs to be better," the mother said.

Union County school officials told Channel 9 they cannot comment on pending litigation but said they will investigate the matter.

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