A young girl’s parents are suing the Union County Board of Education after they say their daughter was sexually abused, and the school neglected to help protect their child from the aggressor.
The girl went to Kensington Elementary School and was allegedly touched by another student in October 2013. The girl was 8-years-old at the time.
The alleged aggressor is a student who lives with a registered sex offender.
During a Union County investigation, officials say the allegations include a student putting their hands in the girl’s pants.
The complaint said it happened during a weekly specialized class while the teacher was focused on helping another student. She reportedly told the teacher and the teacher told the girl to tell her parents when she got home.
After several meetings and conversations, the school kept assuring the parents that the children would be separated, but there were times when the two students were near each other.
In June, the girl was harassed again by the student and pinned to the ground, according to the complaint.
When the new school year came around, the girl’s parents talked with school officials ahead of the time that classes started.
The school reportedly said they were going to consider class placement, schedules and even school geography. But on the first day of the new year, she was harassed again and for the next six weeks of classes, according to the complaint.
That’s when her parents said the girl’s emotional health started to deteriorate. She has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In October 2013, she was allowed to continue her education as a “home-bound” student.
In an investigation by Union County schools, officials say students and teachers were interviewed about the allegations. The investigation found that the allegations met the definition of sexual harassment.
The complaint stated that the girl’s parents believe the school failed her daughter by neglecting to supervise, inflicted emotional distress and violated constitutional right to education.
The family is seeking recovery of medical expenses of $25,000.
Union County Public Schools officials said that they could not comment on pending litigation, but said they will be investigating the allegations again.