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LANSING, Mich. (CN) — A Michigan school district had security footage of a child’s sexual assault but suspended the girl anyway for “lewd behavior,” she claims in a federal complaint.
The June 7 complaint against Lansing Public Schools gives a sickening account of how administrators continued to blame the 14-year-old female student when her parents protested the suspension.
Jane Doe filed the complaint via pseudonym regarding an Oct. 13, 2015, attack at Eastern High School.
The complaint says Sharon McWilliams, a student services specialist, confirmed that Doe “had not consented to the sexual activity,” but that McWilliams allegedly said Doe “did not have a ‘strong enough no,’ she did not ‘try to get away,’ and she did ‘not fight back.'”
“What did you expect me to do, hit him?” Doe says she asked.
“No, you should not have hit him,” McWilliams allegedly responded, “but you could have said to him, ‘is that all you’ve got?'”
Doe says McWilliams looked to Assistant Principal Glenn Stevens to back her up.
“Isn’t that right Mr. Stevens, wouldn’t that deflate a guy if you said that to him?” the specialist asked, according to the complaint.
Lansing Schools declined to comment on the specifics of Doe’s case.
“The Lansing School District will not engage in public dialogue regarding the recent lawsuit filed alleging Title IX violations,” spokesman Robert Kolt said in an email. “We honor and respect the privacy of all individuals involved in the case, especially that of the plaintiff. The safety of our students is our primary concern and we approach each situation with the care and concern afforded to us as educators.” […]