A student enrolled in special education classes in an Alabama school was allegedly used as bait for a sexual predator. This predator was accused by other students of making sexual advances, but he was never caught in the act. The girl, known only as Jaden, was 14-years-old at the time of the incident. It has been five years since this incident and now the girl and her family finally get their day in federal appeals court.
Jaden was approached by a 16-year-old boy who was thought to be a predator of the special needs students. She refused his advances, but reported them to her teacher. The teacher in turn allegedly concocted a plan that allegedly ended with Jaden being sodomized in the school bathroom, according to CNN News on May 20.
The depositions in this case chronicle how a teacher had made complaints to the school principal about the 16-year-old in the past, but the principal refused to do anything unless the boy was caught in the act. When Jaden came to the teacher saying that the boy wanted to meet her in the bathroom, this was a chance to allegedly catch him.
The teacher told Jaden to agree to meet the boy in the bathroom and promised that she would watch the surveillance cameras as the two walked into the bathroom. Then the “teachers would intervene before anything happened.” But something did happen, as the boy changed the location to another bathroom. The teachers were not monitoring this other bathroom so they didn’t see that the two had entered this particular lavatory.
The girl first tried to stall the boy, believing that at any second the teachers would walk in, but they didn’t. Then Jaden told the boy she changed her mind and even told the boy no, she wasn’t going to let him have sex with her, but to no avail. Jaden was reportedly sodomized by the boy and the girl’s father along with many other folks believe the teacher should not have put this child in harm’s way.
According to the Huffington Post. Back in 2010 when Jaden’s father brought a civil lawsuit to the court over this case, the court threw out most of the case. Today that family gets a second chance to be heard.
The day in court has finally come for Jaden, who wasn’t present at the proceedings and neither was her father. The two were well represented legally in this case. Tuesday’s proceedings will be heard in the federal appeals court with the hopes of getting the court to take another look at this case.
According to CNN “Jaden’s attorneys argue that Sparkman Middle School administrators Ronnie Blair, Teresa Terrell and Jeanne Dunaway knew that Jaden’s alleged attacker had a “history of sexual and violent misconduct” and failed to “adequately supervise” him. Their negligence, according to court documents, shows “deliberate indifference” to the danger and put them in violation of Title IX.”