Woman files lawsuit against Berkeley County School District, Goose Creek principal

Woman files lawsuit against Berkeley County School District, Goose Creek principal

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County woman has filed a lawsuit against the Berkeley County School District and the principal of a middle school in Goose Creek alleging that school officials did nothing to stop a boy from sexually assaulting her daughter at school.

The lawsuit names Principal James Spencer of Marrington Middle School of the Arts as a defendant in addition to the school district.

According to the lawsuit, a woman met with Spencer and others in February 2013 about the need for her 12-year-old daughter and other students to be protected from a male student.

The lawsuit states the assaults occurred in classrooms at the middle school. Attorney Gregg Meyers representing the plaintiff says the assaults were improper touching, grabbing, and "pulling girls on to him."

The suit alleges Spencer and the district took no action to protect the female student, and following the meeting with the mother, the male student continued to assault the victim.

The male student remained with the victim in the same class for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year, and in the 2013-2014 was assigned to a common class with the victim, according to the suit.

The complaint states that the male student was removed from the school this year.

The lawsuit states Spencer was "grossly negligent in investigating" the mother's complaints and "adjusting operations to prevent additional acts of sexual violence against the victim."

"The District knew, or should have known, about the male student's conduct, and officials of the District were grossly negligent supervising that student and its own facilities," the lawsuit stated.

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