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Statement: Nixa Public Schools on Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit

Mother claims her son was molested

NIXA, Mo -- 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."

Our partners at the Springfield-News Leader wrote the original article about the lawsuit on their website

Today, the district sent out the following statement in an email regarding the allegations, and the News Leader article. 

"Nixa Parents, Students, and Community Members:

We have received some questions from concerned parents about an article in the News Leader today.  The article mentions allegations that occurred over a year ago, and the students involved are no longer enrolled in our school district. Parent involvement is important and necessary for strong schools, so the district appreciates the concerns that have been expressed; however, the district cannot comment on allegations in a potential lawsuit, nor can we discuss information involving current or former students due to privacy concerns. These allegations must be addressed within the legal system.  For the same reasons, the individuals mentioned in the article also cannot comment on the allegations.  Please understand that the district is not attempting to avoid your questions.  At this time, we are reviewing the allegations with legal counsel, and will respond through the courts in the event the district is, in fact, served with a lawsuit. 

 

- Dr. Stephen Kleinsmith, Superintendent"

 

The school district says there will be no further comments or statements from them at this point in time.

That student involved - 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.

 


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