Fun fact

I took a shop class in high school because why not and I made a duck decoy that my teacher liked so much he said if he were a duck he’d mate with my duck. It was the creepiest thing a teacher has ever said to me.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 14-year-old girl with special needs allegedly was raped in Alabama school in 2010
  • Amicus brief: Teacher’s aide had girl meet accused sexual predator in a boys’ restroom
  • Plan was to “catch him in the act,” but it went awry and girl was raped, brief states
  • Appeals court to decide whether to hear claims that officials violated girl’s civil rights

(CNN) — It’s an unimaginable horror. A 14-year-old girl with special needs allegedly was raped at school after a teacher’s aide persuaded her to act as bait to catch an accused sexual predator, a fellow student.

"It has essentially devastated her life," attorney Eric Artrip — who represents the girl and her father — said of the alleged January 2010 incident.

The Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education filed an amicus brief Wednesday supporting her family’s federal lawsuit against the Madison County School Board in Alabama.

An amicus brief is a legal argument offered to the court by someone who is not a party to the case. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta will decide whether to accept the argument.

"School administrators knew the student’s extensive history of sexual and violent misconduct and were alerted to the substantial risk he posed" to other students, according to the brief.

About a week before the alleged rape, Sparkman Middle School vice principals Jeanne Dunaway and Teresa Terrell received a complaint that the boy had touched a female student inappropriately and was assigned in-school suspension, according to federal attorneys.

A few days later, June Simpson, a teacher’s aide at the Huntsville-area school, told the principal, Ronnie Blair, that the boy had “repeatedly tried to convince girls to have sex with him in the boys’ bathroom on the special needs students’ corridor” and had actually had sex with one student, according to the brief.

The boy and his alleged sexual partner denied having sex in the bathroom, but Simpson recommended the boy be “constantly monitored,” according to the brief. Blair said the boy could not be punished because he had not been “caught in the act,” the brief reads.

School policy requires allegations of student-on-student misconduct be substantiated.

Trying to “catch him in the act”

On January 22, 2010, the boy approached a 14-year-old girl with special needs who had already declined his “recent, repeated propositions” for sex, according to the brief.

"She was not physically or mentally handicapped, although she does qualify for special education classes," Artrip told CNN.

When the girl told Simpson, she encouraged the girl to “meet (the boy) in the bathroom where teachers could be positioned to ‘catch him in the act’ before anything happened,” according to the brief.

The girl initially refused, but then agreed, according to Artrip.

Simpson and the girl went to Dunaway’s office to explain the plan. Dunaway “did not respond with any advice or directive,” according to the brief.

"If this was problematic for the administration it would have been better to express that on the front end instead of the back end," said attorney McGriff Belser III, who represents Simpson.

The girl left Dunaway’s office, found the boy in the hallway, and “agreed to meet for sex,” according to the brief.

"Something went wrong," said Artrip.

Instead of meeting in the boys’ bathroom on the special needs students’ corridor, the boy told the girl to meet him in the sixth-grade boys’ bathroom, in another part of the school, according to the brief.

"No teachers were in the bathroom to intervene," the brief reads.

"She stalled for time. She continually tried to fight him off but ultimately was anally raped by this young man," Artrip told CNN.

"It was evident that this had been a severe trauma for her," said Artrip.

Police were called and the girl was taken to the National Children’s’ Advocacy Center in Huntsville, where a rape kit was taken, Artrip told CNN.

Medical personnel found evidence of trauma “consistent with (the girl) being sodomized.” The boy claimed he had only kissed her, according to the brief.

Attorneys: Boy had a long history of serious misconduct

The girl was uncommunicative after the incident, Artrip said. The district attorney in Madison County investigated the incident, but with a victim who was unable or unwilling to talk about the incident, the office didn’t think they had a good case, and did not pursue it.

Even after viewing photographs of the girl’s injuries, vice principal Terrell “testified that she didn’t know whether (the girl) had consented to the assault,” according to the brief.

The school listed the alleged rape as “inappropriate touching a female in boys’ bathroom,” on the student’s computerized disciplinary report. He was suspended for five days and sent to an alternative school, but later returned to Sparkman after about 20 days, according to the brief.

Vice principal Dunaway testified that the girl was responsible for herself once she entered the bathroom, according the brief.

DoJ and DoE attorneys claim the boy had a long history of sexual and other misconduct in school and Sparkman Middle School administrators knew it. Several pages of the 126-page brief detail years of disciplinary problems.

The boy had been involved in 15 violent or sex-related proven incidents of misconduct before the alleged rape, according to the brief.

Federal attorneys say details about the severity of the incidents are unavailable because school administrators shredded the boy’s disciplinary files.

The girl’s father filed the federal lawsuit in October 2010 against the boy, the three administrators, the teacher’s aide and the Madison County School Board.

"We felt, (that) the teacher putting her into this position, because of the policy as interpreted by the school board and the principal, violated Title IX," Artrip told CNN.

Title IX is a federal law aimed at ending sexual discrimination in education. In part, it dictates how schools that receive federal funds must respond to claims of sexual harassment.

In 2010, a district court judge allowed the father’s claims of state violations, including negligence, against Simpson and Dunaway, while dropping the boy from the lawsuit because he was a minor. The judge tossed out the federal claims — that the school district violated Title IX and that Simpson and school administrators deprived the girl of her civil rights.

Both sides have appealed.

Fighting for a jury trial

According to the rare amicus brief, written in part by an attorney with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the school, in its capacity as a recipient of federal funds is “liable for [its] deliberate indifference to known acts of peer sexual harassment.”

On the same day the federal brief was submitted, the Women’s Law Center, joined by 32 national and local organizations, submitted a joint brief supporting the family’s lawsuit. Earlier this month, the National Women’s Law Center and Artrip submitted a joint brief to the Eleventh Circuit.

Artrip told CNN his client deserves her day in court and a jury should weigh in on the Madison County District’s requirement of substantiation of allegations of student-on-student misconduct.

"We hope that the attention that this case is getting will spur a movement on these kinds of policies so that a girl can simply report sexual harassment without having a need to bring a witness with her or roll up her shirt and show bruises," Artrip told CNN.

The girl was withdrawn from Sparkman Middle School and underwent extensive counseling. She went to live with her mother in North Carolina, but her mother died soon after. Instead of moving back to Huntsville, she and her brother were placed with Child Protective Services in North Carolina, the attorney said.

Geraldine Tibbs, the head of public relations for the Madison County Board of Education, said the board and school officials “are confident that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule in favor of the Board and the administrators.”

"Our attorneys recommend that we not discuss ongoing litigation," she said.

Ronnie Blair and Teresa Terrell are still principal and vice principal at Sparkman Middle School.

Jeanne Dunaway is now principal at Madison County Elementary School.

June Simpson resigned shortly after the incident.

"My client has gone from being a teacher’s aide to being a scapegoat," said Simpson’s attorney.

When asked why his client thought it was a good idea to use a special needs teen as bait to catch a suspected attacker, Besler told CNN, “I don’t personally think it is a good idea. The events of this case have shown us that it was not.”

This is one of the most horrifying articles I’ve read in a long time, and it’s far from over. The administrators who let this happen still have their jobs. They are still being allowed to work in a position of authority over children who are especially vulnerable to sexual violence. This is so dangerous.

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Look Dad, play nice, okay? I’ve got to make that call to the boarding school to arrange for Bethany’s pickup. I’m pretty sure my chances of becoming a teacher will not be helped by having my own sister fail out of school.

Sure, sure. You go on ahead… Renee and I will get along fine. Actually, it’s getting pretty late so I’m sure she should be heading home soon. Then we’ll get along GREAT! 

Actually Mr. Steele, Shark asked me to spend the night, but you’re right. It is getting pretty late. I suppose I should be getting to bed. 

You’re staying? Hmm, we’ll just see about that…

In November of 1958, John Steinbeck — the renowned author of, most notably, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Of Mice and Men — received a letter from his eldest son, Thom, who was attending boarding school. In it, the teenager spoke of Susan, a young girl with whom he believed he had fallen in love.

Steinbeck replied the same day. His beautiful letter of advice can be enjoyed below.

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa

brousedhips said:

i can relate to the mexican isnt a race ive spoken to people on the school board and they tell theres nothing i can do and "deal with it":/

I mean, mexicans could be of any race. 

~Eon

anonymous said:

Hi! I was wondering are there anymore boarding school fics that aren't in the tag? I've read all the ones in there :)

Crestmond Academy - Jalex + other pairings

School Boy - Jalex

Six Feet Under the Stars - Jalex

If We Climb This High, I Swear We’ll Never Die - Jalex

Boarding School From Hell - Alex/OC

Bring Me Home - Alex/OC

I’m Gonna Break Down These Walls - Alex/OC

- Toni

A Grimmons Boarding School AU. Part 1

"I bet they told you not to hang out around me huh?" Grif bit his lip slightly, regarding Simmons with a strange fascination

"Just don’t hang out with the elites ok?” Tucker had warned him, "Don’t try to hang out with them, don’t look at them, don’t smell them from a distance. Don’t even think about them. Just focus on school, get good grades, and stay our of their way."

"I don’t think this is a good idea." Simmons says. But he makes no move to go. No move to push past and flee back into the dorm hallways and out from under the sharp eyes of his fellow student.

"I bet they told you you weren’t fit to breath the same air as me, well tell me Simmons," he leaned in close, their noses brushing up against each other briefly "Wouldn’t you like to breath the same air as me?"

—-

There is some sort of nobility in Grif. Simmons knew that much based on his surroundings. everyone here is noble, or rich. Not eclectic young rich families either, everyone was old money. Foundations built on ships, sugar and the triangle trade level old money. There is an aristocracy to wealth, Simmons had quickly realized, and any ordinary student here could ramble off a thousand year history of money and blood that had gotten them this education.

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anonymous said:

In school we had to sing Imagine by John Lennon. My english teacher hates him and after we sang the song me and my friends went to her and she said the next time we should sing Smells like teen spirit and then we started talking about NIRVANA. I think you would like her. Have a great day :)))

why would someone hate john lennon?   kurt loved lennon.

I always thought their voices were somewhat similar…..baritones

she sounds like a great person!     I can just see people singing “teen spirit” and the school board freaking out.

but maybe not, perhaps they are NIRVANA fans too!

thanks                                                                  all the best,

                                                                          phineas4cobain

this is my friend Sam and I, we go to a private boarding school in northern California. Sam is pan-sexual (liking anybody he has a deep connection with) and myself, well i am a bit confused of who i am at the moment. last night our school had a formal dinner, I asked Sam to be my date a week ago,he said yes! the night of the formal dinner Sam asked our assistant headmaster if he could wear a dress, he said no before he had even finished the question. when Sam and i showed up to the dinner we were holding hands and i was also holding the roses Sam had gave to me. Sam was wearing mascara and lipstick. our assistant headmaster freaked out and told Sam if he didn’t get the makeup off he would be in massive trouble. Sam and I went back to the room to get his makeup off  and came back down. the whole night he was telling us how bizarre and weird we were. the night ended and the morning rose. we both have our first class of Friday with our assistant headmaster. he told the both of us if our relationship went any further he threatened he would take us behind the barn and beat us. he also told us if we were in public school we would have our dicks chopped off by other kids. after this period of being teased, Sam and i got together and thought we needed to do something about this. so here i am, Julien,15 years old, asking for your help to spread this around and have it known that California allows private schools to discriminate against people with certain sexual preferences.

So, time for an actual fact: 

Studies have shown that if the school week was shortened students’ health would improve by 90% and they’d do better on big test. 

I really want help spreading this to school boards, school is on of the main reasons students are sad and stressed. 

Source

Monday, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) finally voted for a new transgender policy that allows students to choose a name that best represents their gender identity. They have also enacted a policy for single-stall, genderless washrooms. On top of that, the VSB has introduced gender-neutral pronouns: xe (third person), xem (plural), and xyr (possessive) for students who do not identify with traditional gender roles.

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