The mother of a disabled 16-year-old Fort Pierce-Westwood High School student has filed a lawsuit against the St. Lucie County School Board and high school faculty members, claiming that they failed to protect her daughter from being sexually abused by another student.
The suit alleges intentional discrimination and gross neglect and claims that the girl was forced into sexual acts while on the school district’s watch. According to the Palm Beach Post, the girl has the mental capabilities of a seven-year-old and it was specified in her Individual Education Plan (IEP) that she should never be left alone.
The boy accused of the abuse was a fellow classmate. The suit alleges that the boy’s mother alerted school officials that girls should not be allowed near her son. On numerous occasions, he allegedly led the girl to an unsupervised area where he knew they could have sex.
The Post reported that the high school’s principal didn’t agree there was inadequate supervision, and claimed it was the teens’ fault for sneaking out of class and “disobeying the rules.” Apparently, the Florida Department of Children and Families also agreed with that assessment and closed their investigation into the case.
The mother of the girl claims that when she complained about the teachers’ failure to report abuse, her daughter was suspended from school. The mother is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
Those who are entrusted to protect our children have a duty to stay vigilant and report abuse if they suspect it or see it happening. If you believe your child has been a victim of abuse or bullying because those in charge are not doing their jobs, please call the St. Lucie County personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah to get help. Stop the abuse today and hold those responsible accountable for their actions. We’re at (800) 533-3555.