MACON, Ga. (CN) - A public high school failed to stop a known boy gang who raped and sodomized a special needs student on campus, the girl's mother claims in court.
Jane Doe I and II, mother and daughter, sued Bibb County School District in Federal Court.
The mother claims that the school took no action to punish the boys, but tried to expel her daughter, for "sexual misconduct on campus."
Her daughter was raped after a teacher at Northeast High School allowed a male student to take her from class, the mother says. The gang member, "a male who was unknown to Ms. Brown, appeared at Ms. Brown's classroom and falsely told her that another teacher needed Jane Doe II," according to the complaint.
The complaint states: "After getting Jane Doe II from Ms. Brown's classroom, the male led Jane Doe II to a boy's restroom inside Northeast High School. Upon reaching the boy's restroom, the male forced Jane Doe II inside where he and at least five (5) other males brutally raped and sodomized Jane Doe II.
"The males that raped and sodomized Jane Doe II at Northeast High School on January 19, 2012 were also students at Northeast High School.
"The males that raped and sodomized Jane Doe II at Northeast High School on January 19, 2012 were members of a gang known as 'MOB.' 'MOB' is an acronym for 'Money over Bitches.'
"The males that raped and sodomized Jane Doe II at Northeast High School on January 19, 2012 were known by the administration, faculty and staff of Northeast High School to be members of the gang known as 'MOB.'"
The mother claims that her daughter is not the only girl who has suffered violence at the school.
"There were numerous incidents of sexual harassment of female students by male students at Northeast High School before January 19, 2012," the complaint states. "Those incidents included, but were not limited to, the following:
"(a) On April 11, 2002, a female student was raped and sodomized by three (3) male students in a restroom at Northeast High School; and
"(b) On April 8, 2008, a female, mentally-disabled student was raped by a male student in a classroom at Northeast High School."
The mother claims that the school district "was deliberately indifferent" to these harassments and rapes.
"It was a policy, practice and custom of the School District for teachers to allow students who were so summoned to leave their classrooms with the student that summoned them," the mother says.
She says the school failed to take any disciplinary action against her daughter's attackers.
"While the School District's Code of Conduct provides that these students should have been removed from Northeast High School, they were not. Rather, they were permitted to remain at Northeast High School," the complaint states.
Remarkably, the school tried to expel her daughter, on grounds that she "engaged in/or had knowledge of sexual misconduct on campus," the mother claims.
She says the school dropped expulsion proceedings after the Individual Education Program Team found that her daughter was not at fault because of her mental disability.
She seeks damages for civil rights violations, medical expenses, mental injuries and loss of access to education.
She is represented by F. Bradford Wilson Jr., with Adams, Hemingway & Wilson, and by Jerry Lumley.
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