WEBSTER SPRINGS – A Bergoo woman is suing the Webster County Board of Education after she claims her minor son was sexually assaulted while at a Webster County elementary school.
Jeremy Pyle and Martha Dean were also named as defendants in the suit.
During the 2013-14 school year, J.A.N. was a student at Webster Springs Elementary School, according to a complaint filed May 23 in Webster Circuit Court.
C.A.H., J.A.N.’s mother, claims her son was sexually abused, sexually assaulted, harassed, molested, fondled, groped, restrained, intimidated and threatened by a male classmate.
She went to Pyle, the school’s principal, and reported the sexual assault, abuse, harassment and intimidation and Pyle informed C.A.H. that he would take care of it, according to the suit.
C.A.H. claims she further reported the sexual assault to Dean, the Superintendent of Webster County Schools and Dean took several notes regarding the situation and informed C.A.H. that an investigation would occur.
The defendants knew or should have known that the failure to properly supervise students and respond appropriately to allegations of sexual abuse could result in injury to the students left in their charge, according to the suit.
C.A.H. claims the defendants failed to properly supervise staff and employees of the Webster County Board of Education could result in injury to the students left in their charge.
The defendants had a duty to care to provide him with a safe environment during the school day and failed to do so, according to the suit.
C.A.H. is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by Paul Williams.
Webster Circuit Court case number: 16-C-19