A 14-year-old special needs student from Alabama, used as “bait” by a teacher to catch a rapist, was herself raped in a bathroom at the Sparkman Middle School in the city of Toney, Alabama, Madison County. The disturbing plan was hatched by teachers at the school, who waited to rush in and nab the boy outside of one of the school’s bathrooms; the teen girl however was being raped inside a different bathroom.
The rape happened in 2010; the family has since filed suit against the Madison school board and school faculty.
Writes 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. 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.”
The bid to catch the 16-year-old sexual predator went awry when the vice principal at Sparkman Middle School, Jeanne Dunaway, along with other teachers, waited outside the wrong bathroom. The suspect had asked the girl to meet him, not in the bathroom on the special needs students’ corridor, but in the sixth-grade boy’s bathroom in a different part of the school.
Faculty at the Sparkman Middle School received multiple complaints and tips that a specific boy had been luring girls into bathrooms and demanding sex. The boy was reportedly involved sexually with over a dozen girls, either through coercion or consent. The teen boy, outside of numerous in-school suspensions he received for “inappropriate touching,” was not punished as he was never “caught in the act,” the school previously said.
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.
After the alleged rape, school officials attempted to suggest the sex was consensual, the lawsuit states.
Writes the Daily Mail:
On January 22, the suspected predator approached the victim and asked her for sex, an offer which she had repeatedly refused. When the girl told [teacher’s aide June] 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 her attorney Eric Artrip.
Attorney Artrip said, “We found substantial evidence of a forceful rape, and that’s what happened here. The idea she consented to this and somehow allowed it to happen is incredible… It has essentially devastated her life.”
The Daily Mail adds: “One of the vice principals involved has now been promoted to a principal at a nearby elementary school. The teacher involved in setting up the plan has resigned.”