Two parents are suing the Proctor School District in federal court, alleging that the high school and its football coaches violated the civil rights of an underage student when the student was sexually harassed.
The civil lawsuit filed last week claims the school and coaching staff should have done more to stop a hazing-related sexual assault last September involving a toilet plunger.
The plaintiffs claim football coaches and school administrators knew of a hazing pattern using the toilet plunger, but failed to ensure it was removed from the locker room.
“… This practice of hazing was introduced [to] the attention of PSD, via the Superintendent, Upper District Administration, Activities/Athletics Director, and Student Guidance Counselors repeatedly over many years,” the filing reads.
The Proctor School District violated Title IX of the Civil Rights Act Education Amendments, according to the lawsuit, because the district failed to “take decisive and appropriate corrective action to stop hazing and bullying.” ‘pervasive bullying’ and this failure has risen ‘to the level of being willful and intentional indifference.
The lawsuit also claims that the school district, as well as the staff and coaches, violated the victim’s 14th Amendment civil rights.
The plaintiffs are seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
Following an investigation, a teenage member of the Proctor High School football team was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and later pleaded guilty.
He was sentenced to probation in June, according to information from sister station WDIO. He will remain on probation until he turns 21 and will have to register as a predatory offender for 10 years.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has contacted the Proctor School District for comment on the lawsuit and is awaiting a response.