Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Los Angeles Unified School District Faces Another Sex Assault Lawsuit

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is facing yet another sex assault lawsuit.  As reported by LA.com (see story here), a 14 year old female middle school student has filed suit through her legal guardian alleging that she asked for help to prevent a sexual assault and that a school administrator ignored her plea.

The lawsuit specifically alleges that the girl (13 at the time of the incident), was walking on campus with a few friends when she was grabbed by the hair and dragged, screaming into a boys locker room.  She alleges that a group of male middle school students then sexually assaulted her.  Her screams were alleged to have been heard by a school official who ignored them.  One of her female companions then ran to notify the principal of what was taking place and was allegedly told by the principal, "I'm late for a meeting, I don't have time for you!"

In my opinion as an attorney that represents sexual assault victims, there can be no greater priority for teachers and school administrators than the safety of the students.  Preventing sexual assault on the campuses of our middle schools and high schools in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California should take precedence over attending a "meeting".  Therefore, if these allegations are true, I believe this a case of gross negligence on the part of school officials.