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Lawsuit filed after alleged sexual abuse at school

If you were the parent of a teenage girl who was sexually assaulted by an older male student at her high school, you would likely be up in arms and seeking justice. That is the situation one father of a 25-year-old student at Chicago's Lincoln Park High School found himself in after his daughter explained what happened to her.

A 17-year-old fellow student is allegedly her rapist, an anonymous lawsuit claims. The suit also charges school officials for not stopping her assault earlier in 2020.

Incident occurred on January 13

The Chicago Police Department has confirmed that there is an open investigation of a reported sexual assault. However, more than two months later, no one has been arrested in the case. Counsel for the plaintiff states the lawsuit arose from a need to preserve vital evidence, to prevent a recurrence and as protection for the young woman.

Assault occurred after school hours

Reports indicate that the female victim was in a classroom studying after regular school hours when a member of the basketball team attacked her after leaving practice. The petition states the school "failed to adequately investigate past allegations of battery and/or sexual assault" by her alleged attacker. The attorney said the basketball player reportedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl who had accompanied the team on an out-of-state trip last year.

Terminated employee and team suspension

Following the allegations stemming from the Detroit trip, the coach of the boys' basketball team was terminated and the basketball program was suspended for the season while the sexual misconduct was investigated.

However, these were not the only administrative shake-ups recently. Both an assistant principal and an interim principal were let go. Another dean voluntarily resigned after allegations of misconduct were revealed. Yet another interim administrator was fired after video showed her grabbing a student's face.

Are students safe in Chicago's public schools?

Morale is low after these events and the subsequent fallout, prompting the district to issue the following statement:

"Protecting students is our highest priority, which is why it was necessary for the district to take a series of personnel actions at Lincoln Park High School in response to serious allegations of recent adult and student misconduct."

Parents and students alike have a right to be concerned for the students' safety while at school and also on school-sponsored events off-campus. If your child was similarly victimized, you should understand the rights that you have as a parent and advocate for your child to seek legal redress.

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