Parents Of Proctor Teen Who Was Sexually Assaulted Are Suing Coaches and District
A civil lawsuit was filed by both parents of a teen who was sexually assaulted by a fellow teammate on the Proctor High School Football team. They are suing the Proctor School district in Federal court claiming that the high school itself and the football coaches violated a minor's civil rights when the victim was subjected to sexual harassment.
The suit which was filed last week claims that the school and coaching staff should have done more to stop the hazing-related sexual assault last September. After a lengthy investigation, a member of the Proctor High School football team was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct to which he later pleaded guilty "He was sentenced to probation in June. He will remain on probation until he turns 21 and will have to register as a predatory offender for 10 years."
The plaintiffs claim that the Proctor football coaches and the school administrators all knew about the history of hazing patterns involving a toilet plunger, but failed to remove it from the locker room. WDIO reports that the filing stated:
… This hazing practice was brought [to] the attention of PSD, via the superintendent, upper district administration, Activities/Athletic Director, and student guidance counselors on multiple occasions over the course of many years.
The Lawsuit claims: " Proctor School District violated Title IX of the Educational Amendments of the Civil Rights Act, the lawsuit claims because the district failed “to take decisive and appropriate remedial measure to stop the pervasive hazing and bullying” and that failure rose “to the level of being deliberate and intentional indifference."
The lawsuit also states that the school district as well staff and coaches violated the victim's 14th amendment civil rights. The family is suing for $75,000 in damages. The Proctor Football season was canceled last year after this assault, and the Rails former head coach Derek Parendo resigned. According to WDIO, this past May the Proctor School Board approved the hiring of Matt Krivinchuk as the new head varsity football coach.