I watch a lot of legal programs and cop dramas, and unfortunately I do find myself concerned with the amount and types of inauthentic motives that have presented themselves regarding the topic of rape. It’s a horrifying event and is damaging to all involved. But this is the case with all types of crimes though. People lie, steal, make things up, etc, but does that ever mean its okay that because a lot of people do lie about bad things that can and do ruin lives, that’s it okay to assume from the get go. I vote no. You’re wise in the investigation. But a brush off is never the correct pathway. This Springfield, MO School would do well to take note. Maybe then they wouldn’t be getting sued for their inappropriate handling of a sensitive situation.
Amiss allegations of a reported rape, a 7th grade special ed student at Republic Middle School, not only had her charges dismissed,
“The lawsuit alleges that school officials told her they didn’t believe her, and after “multiple intimidating interrogations,” she recanted. The lawsuit also notes that a school psychological report said the girl “would forego her own needs and wishes to satisfy the request of others around so that she can be accepted,” meaning she might have been especially susceptible to pressure to change her story.”
but was afterwards forced her to hand deliver an apology letter to her alleged attacker. Then she was expelled for the remainder of the school year. (Anyone else curious why a reporting of this school to legal officials didn’t begin then, is beyond me…)
Upon the student’s return to school the following year, the school allegedly refused her mother’s request for extra monitoring and did not separate her from her supposed attacker.
“In February 2010, the lawsuit says he “was able to hunt [her] down, drag her to the back of the school library, and again forcibly rape her.” She and her mother reported this rape to the police, and a rape kit tested positive for her attacker’s semen — he plead guilty to charges in juvenile court. But instead of taking her seriously at long last, the school suspended her, this time for “Disrespectful Conduct” and “Public Display of Affection.” Her lawsuit requests damages for medical expenses, emotional distress, and attorneys’ fees, as well as “punitive damages to deter School Officials and others from similar conduct in the future.””
The school district apparently finds this whole matter frivolous.
“Any damages the Plaintiff may have sustained were as a result of the negligence, carelessness, or conduct of third parties over whom the District Defendants had neither control nor the right to control.”