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When she was only in seventh grade, a special education student in Republic, Missouri told school officials that another student had sexually assaulted her.
Their response? To force her to write an apology letter to her rapist, then expel her for the rest of the year. When the student returned to school in the fall, the boy continued to harass and assault her.
Then, in February 2010, he raped her in the back of the school library.Despite his admission of guilt in juvenile court and DNA evidence of his crime, the school still claims that the situation is "frivolous."
According to the Republic School District, the only one who deserves punishment in the case is the student herself, for "failing to protect herself."
In February 2010, the boy allegedly forcibly raped the girl again, this time in the back of the school library. While school officials allegedly expressed skepticism of the girl, her mother took her to the Child Advocacy Center and an exam showed a sexual assault had occurred. DNA in semen found on the girl matched the DNA of the boy she accused, the suit says.
The boy was taken into custody in Juvenile Court and pleaded guilty to charges, the suit says. The specific charges are not stated in the suit. “School Officials acted recklessly in conscious disregard of and with deliberate indifference to the risk of [the girl’s] safety by failing to conduct an investigation into her allegations of rape and sexual assault, by suspending her from school, and by failing to provide her with any protection from her rapist,”