School Violence Law has brought Title IX lawsuit on behalf of a Byron Center High School student who was sexually abused by her teacher (subsequently convicted and sentenced to prison for more than a decade), then brutally harassed and retaliated against by students and school staff.
Fortunately, under Title IX, applicable state and federal laws provide remedies that may help her recovery and compel Byron Center Public Schools to implement changes necessary to protect other students.
The federal lawsuit filed Thursday, July 23, in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids alleges that school officials failed to protect the student, contact authorities and investigate after learning of suspicions that math teacher Glenn Davis’ actions toward the student were predatory.
This suit claims violation of Title IX, the federal legislation that prohibits gender discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. The lawsuit also claims a violation of the student’s constitutional rights, failure to report sexual abuse, a violation of the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, and negligence.
The lawsuit names Byron Center Public Schools, the board of education, high school Principal Scott Joseph and Assistant Principal Brady Lake.