The Republic School District has settled a lawsuit concerning a former student who complained that school officials failed to protect her against harassment, sexual assault and rape.
The terms of the settlement were sealed, but court documents show a federal judge approved the settlement and closed the case November 29. In the lawsuit, the girl says school officials didn’t believe her when she reported she had been harassed, assaulted and raped during the 2008-09 school year. After she recanted, she was forced to hand-deliver an apology letter to the boy and was expelled for the year. The lawsuit said the girl said she was raped again at school in 2010 and that school officials were again skeptical, but evidence showed a sexual assault had occurred.