SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News-Leader) - A mother is suing Nixa Public Schools on behalf of her son, saying the boy was molested numerous times by other students while in the third and fourth grade.
The lawsuit filed this week claims the boy was targeted by a student who was known to exhibit "sexually aggressive and suggestive conduct."
That student - along with another child - allegedly held down and molested the boy during a recess period in February 2017.
The student rubbed his body against the boy, moaning and putting his hands down the back of the boy's pants, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit said the student pinched and poked the boy's butt and told the boy he was going to penetrate him.
The boy told his teacher, who in turn told the principal, the lawsuit said, and a hotline call was made.
The boy's mother was assured the offending student would be disciplined and that her son would be separated from him, the lawsuit said.
However, the student confronted her son on the first day he returned to school, the lawsuit said, and at one point followed him into the boys bathroom and again said he would penetrate him anally.
The boy's mother decided to withdraw him from school and move to another community because she believed the the school and its staff would not protect her son, according to the lawsuit.
The boy is identified by initials in the lawsuit. The News-Leader is not naming the mother because it might identify an alleged victim of a sexual crime.
A spokesman for Nixa Public Schools declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleged more acts of misconduct took place the year before, when the boy was in third grade.
According to the lawsuit, the boy was inappropriately touched three times by another student.
The boy reported each incident of inappropriate touching to a counselor, who told him to "merely stop hanging around" that student, the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit faults the counselor for allegedly not reporting the incidents as required by state law.
That counselor and the principal of Espy have been named as co-defendants in the lawsuit, in addition to Nixa Public Schools.
The original story can be found on the Springfield News-Leader's website.
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