Lawsuit filed against Shoshone School District after 13-year-old alleges rape in computer lab

SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Shoshone School District faces a lawsuit alleging it didn't do enough after a 13-year-old was reportedly raped on school property.

The case filed in U.S. District comes from the family of the girl who was reportedly raped by a 17-year-old male student in a computer lab at Shoshone Middle School in April of 2017.

According to the lawsuit, the family is suing the district for failure to appropriately investigate the rape and making the girl undergo an unsafe environment and discrimination that would denied her an education.

The mom was given two options to remove her daughter out the school district or be home schooled, the lawsuit said. The family eventually relocated to Gooding and the court documents says the girl went through counseling for physiological damage and emotional distress.

Mountain Home attorney E. Lee Schlender represents the family, he said he’s heard back from the district school’s insurance representative and is waiting for a formal response from them.

Superintending Robert Waite said he can’t release many details about the allegations, but the district is working with legal counsel to file a response.

“I just urged people to keep in mind that when a lawsuit is filed it's one of the sides of the story,” he said.

Waite said the school’s priority will continue to be the safety of the students.

"You know as we move forward, I have a level of confidence in the staff that they will continue to take the actions that they take every day to ensure the safety of our students," he said.

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