7-year-old sexually assaulted on Pickens Co. school bus, claims lawsuit

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PICKENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) — The family of a 7-year-old girl is suing the Pickens County School District and an elementary school assistant principal over an alleged sexual assault on a school bus.

The lawsuit filed in federal court claims the girl was sexually assaulted on a school bus in 2016. The child’s parents say the school district should take some responsibility.

The girl, a student at McKissick Elementary School, was allegedly forced into a seat by a boy on the bus. 

The suit claims the boy removed some of her clothes and attempted to perform a sexual act on her.

School officials are accused of interrogating the girl, blaming her for what happened and failing to report the incident to her parents for three days.

According to the lawsuit, the school also failed to separate the boy from the victim and properly monitor kids on the bus.

The family is asking for unspecified damages in the case. 

The School District of Pickens County issued the following statement in regards to the lawsuit:

SDPC has received lawsuit filed by Mr. Slavin, and we have referred the matter to our attorneys. Both of the children involved in the alleged incident were 7 years old. Given the extremely sensitive nature of the allegations, our response to the complaints listed in the suit will be made during legal proceedings by our legal counsel.
 
Every SDPC employee is trained in how to correctly respond to reports of sexual assault. We are committed to the safety of every one of our students whenever they are in our care.

Below are links to two policies that are relevant to the complaints listed in the suit:

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Sexual Harassment of Students

Click or tap below to read the full lawsuit.

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