The Justice Department on Thursday filed a brief in the case of a male student accused of raping a girl who was allegedly used as bait by an Alabama school to catch the boy after repeated sexual offenses, The Huntsville Times reported.
Court records indicate the 14-year-old girl was raped
when a teacher’s aide told her to go into a boys’ restroom with a 16-year-old boy, who had aggressively sexually harassing several girls. Both he and the victim were special needs students.
Simpson told the girl that the school administration
could “catch him in the act.”
Then neither Simpson nor any other school official followed the teens into the bathroom and the girl was sodomized.
An Alabama federal district judge granted summary judgement on behalf of the scholl district, ruling that the school was not responsible for the boy raping his fellow student.
The Justice Department on Thursday
joined the family in their appeal of that ruling which dismissed the lawsuit against the school for putting this child in a position to be raped. The US DOJ
filed a “friend of the court” brief in which federal lawyers sided with the girl and her father in their lawsuit
The DOJ wrote:
“A school board cannot avoid summary judgment as a matter of law when a school administrator willfully ignores a plan to use a 14-year-old special needs student as bait to catch a student with a known history of sexual and violent misconduct, and as a result, the student is sodomized,” reads the federal brief filed in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals late today.