Lawsuit: Raped Girl Gets Suspended, Rapists Don’t

A lawsuit has been filed against a school district in Dayton, Ohio alleging that the school suspended a female student after she was raped by two male students, who were only kicked out of the drama club for their actions. Courthouse News Service reports:

After two high school boys raped a girl on campus, the school suspended her for three days, while the boys’ only punishment was to be kicked out of drama club, the girl’s parent claim in Federal Court.

The minor girl, J.G., and her parents sued the two alleged rapists, J.W. and D.W., their parents, the Trotwood-Madison City School District and several school officials, including D.H., a teacher.

“On the afternoon of November 16, 2011, while waiting for drama club to begin, J.G. was sexually assaulted and raped by J.W. and D.W. in a storage closet at Trotwood-Madison High School,” the complaint states.

“After being attacked, J.G. reported the events to D.H. who was overseeing the drama club practice in the auditorium where the attack took place.

“D.H. drove J.G. home and failed to alert her parents that J.G. had been attacked at school.

“D.H. failed to immediately report the attack on J.G. to the public children’s services agency or the police department.”

The family claims that D.H. told only defendant Terry Logan, the school principal. They says that Logan “failed to appropriately discipline J.W. and G.W., removing them from their drama club but allowing them to remain on their sports teams.”

Yet, “J.G. was suspended from school for three days following the attack.”

These are just allegations at this point, with no response from the school district. The case was filed anonymously to protect the identity of the girl, and the identities of the two alleged rapists are given only as initials, since they are minors as well. According to the complaint, the victim reported the assault to the head of the drama club but the school never called the police. The complaint does not discuss why the girl and her parents did not call the police, however, which does raise some questions.

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