Huntsville, AL — In 2010, a 14-year-old Huntsville girl was approached by school officials who wanted to use her as bait in a “sting operation.” The plan was to use the young girl to catch a boy in the act who’d been accused of sexually harassing students. However, their asinine plan backfired, and this innocent young girl was anally raped by the older student.
The plan was for the girl not to do anything and teachers would burst in and catch the boy with a girl in the bathroom, but the boy changed bathroom locations. The girl, known in court records as BHJ, was not found by the incompetent school officials until after the student raped her.
After their plan had failed, school officials attempted to sweep the incident under the rug. The boy never went to jail. Instead, he was placed in an alternative school, and his records shredded.
Despite medical records indicating that BHJ had anal tearing, indicating that she was, in fact, raped, the incident was entered into school records as “inappropriate touching.”
After the rape, it was revealed that the 16-year-old who raped BHJ was on in-school-suspension for previous allegations of sexual misconduct. Despite being suspended, the boy was allowed to roam the hallways during class time, allowing him to rape BHJ.
“Somebody should have been supervising and not letting him roam the hallways,” said US Circuit Judge Frank Hull.
After the school had set her up to be sodomized, BHJ was left to her own devices. The school board offered no counselling, no help, and she remained a student at Sparkman Middle School for two months until she was moved to another foster home in a different state.
Following the 2010 incident, the officials involved, and the Madison County school board have attempted to defer liability for allowing this incident to happen.
According to AL.com,
Another school board attorney told parents: “There are two sides to every lawsuit and most of what you have heard and read about this has presented only one side.”
“What’s the misinformation?” asked a parent.
“Part of the misinformation is that the student was unsupervised,” asserted the attorney. “He was not. He was supervised at all times.”
But the girl’s attorneys say the board attorneys are the ones omitting parts of the story in regard to the role of school officials. “This is the exact same behavior we have seen all along from the Board: from the day of the rape, until the time they shredded the boy’s records, until they appealed…” reads part of their lengthy statement last week.
Had the boy actually been supervised, like the school board attorney claimed, then there is no possible way that this would have happened.
BHJ’s lawsuit was even thrown out by a lower court who sided with the school board.
However, on Wednesday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals brought back the lawsuit and granted BHJ’s attorney the ability to sue the Madison County school board.
“This is a unique case because the administrators effectively participated in (the boy’s) sexual harassment by setting (Jane) Doe up in a rape-bait scheme involving (the boy) in order to ‘catch him in the act,'” found the appeals court.
The lawsuit will now continue and with any luck, BHJ will receive just compensation for her role as a pawn in the school’s ridiculous plan.