CAMDEN, N.J. (CN) – A New Jersey school board faces federal claims over a teacher who traded thousands of sexually explicit messages with an eighth-grade girl on school email.
The Nov. 10 complaint in Camden comes nearly four months after 36-year-old former teacher Richard Super received a sentence of probation for his emails with a 13-year-old student.
Shielding her identity as well as her child’s, parent A.B. says the inappropriate behavior at Rossi Intermediate School was readily apparent to officials in the 2015-16 school year. She is represented by Egg Harbor Township attorneys Paul D’Amato and Alexa D’Amato Barrera and by Jeffrey Fritz with the firm Soloff & Zervanos in Cherry Hill.
When Super was not sending inappropriate messages to the eighth grader, identified in the complaint only by the initials C.D., he was allegedly giving the girl extra attention during class time, leaving his classroom to talk with C.D. in the hallway and visiting her during gym class,
A.B. says Super also regularly brought breakfast for her daughter and sat with her at lunch.
“The improper relationship between C.D. and teacher Super was so conspicuous that other students were aware of it … and often made comments about the relationship in the hallways, in class and to C.D.,” the complaint states.
Electronic messages between C.D. and Super about these comments are quoted in the complaint.
In one conversation where she repeatedly calls the teacher “daddy,” C.D. tells Super that people are saying bad things about them.
“I kind of figured that,” Super replied, according to the complaint, going on to tell C.D. that their behavior draws suspicion because of their genders.
C.D.’s reply is more graphic.
“That’s true we’re opposite sex … but the point is that people that that’s ur so tall and I’m so short and are u have enormous feet that you have uh… and a big dick and that’s what they are always wondering,” she wrote, closing with “I love you,” according to the complaint.
The comment apparently alarmed Super: “Please don’t talk about that with me,” he wrote.
Between April 15, 2016, and June 2, 2016, C.D. and Super exchanged approximately 4,600 messages on the school email server, according to the complaint, citing the findings of county prosecutors.
A.B. notes that these messages were sent throughout the entire day, including during school hours, and should have drawn suspicion since the emails are monitored by the district.
“H.O.R.N.Y.?,” Super wrote in one message, as quoted in the complaint.
C.D. answered: “Ur so extra and yes DD I am.”
Super is also quoted as telling C.D. he put two letters on one of her assignments: BB for “beautiful baby.”
Months before police were notified of C.D. and Super’s inappropriate relationship, according to the complaint, several teachers had perceived something was wrong, according to the complaint.
Super is not a party to the complaint, which names as defendants the Vineland Board of Education, the district superintendent, and the school principal and vice-principal.
A.B. and C.D. want damages for negligence, emotional distress, negligent supervision, civil rights violations, and a sexually hostile educational environment.