Alhambra Unified School District agrees to pay $750,000 to settle lawsuit alleging girl was bullied and sexually abused – Pasadena Star News

The Alhambra Unified School District has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a girl, now 11, who was allegedly bullied by male third-graders at her school. elementary school in 2019 and sexually abused by one of them in a break room.

Lawyers for the plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe of Monterey Park in the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, filed court documents June 16 with Judge Jill Feeney seeking approval of the settlement during a Hearing scheduled for July 13.

District attorneys argued that Doe “failed to take reasonable precautions to avoid or reduce his alleged damages.”

The lawsuit, filed in May 2020, alleges that in the fall of 2019, the girl was regularly bullied by a group of third grade boys at Garfield Elementary. The boys’ alleged behavior escalated over time even after the girl’s parents complained to school administration and staff, according to the lawsuit.

During school hours, a group of students allegedly ordered her to choose which of them she preferred to have sex with, threatening to make her “twerk” on a lunch table if she didn’t decide, according to the suit.

“Confused and not understanding what sex or twerking was, Jane Doe told the boys she had chosen her mother,” the suit reads.

The boys responded by taunting, berating, harassing and embarrassing the girl, the suit says.

After learning what happened to her daughter, the girl’s mother contacted school administration and joined Doe’s father in meeting with staff in October 2019, with both asking that their daughter not be allowed in to play with one of the boys who had harassed the complainant, the suit said.

But that same month, the girl was “violently attacked” and pushed down stairs, according to the suit, which says she was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a concussion.

The girl’s mother contacted the school again, told staff what had happened and said she didn’t think her daughter was safe if she was allowed to interact with the boys who were there. were addressing, the lawsuit says.

Doe and her mother, along with the manager, later signed an AUSD Growth Plan stating that there would be no further contact between the plaintiff and the boy band, according to the suit.

None of the boys have been suspended or disciplined for their behavior and nothing has been done by school administration or staff ‘to end the systematic bullying and sexual harassment’ of the girl , according to the lawsuit.

One of the boys used the conflict to confuse the complainant and pretend to act as her protector, manipulating her into spending time with him while demeaning and bullying her, according to the suit. During a school lunch break, the girl was in the bathroom when the boy came in and ordered her to open the cubicle door, telling her “they were going to have sex,” the suit reads.

The boy then warned the girl that if she told anyone, “she would go to jail,” according to the lawsuit.

Over the next two days, the boy forced the girl to accompany him to the girls’ bathroom three times and sexually assaulted her twice, according to the complaint.

The girl became withdrawn and visibly upset, but school staff did not learn of the sexual abuse or prevent the boy from going to the bathroom with the girl, the lawsuit says.

After seeing “alarming changes in her daughter”, the mother spoke to the daughter, who told her about the alleged sexual abuse. The mother called the police, who came to the school and spoke with the daughter.

The lawsuit alleges that Doe suffered a traumatic brain injury and has dealt with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, learning disabilities, difficulty concentrating and mood swings since. bullying and alleged sexual abuse.

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