SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) In December, a family of a 13-year-old filed a lawsuit against the Shoshone School District alleging it didn’t do enough after the girl was reportedly raped in a computer lab at Shoshone Middle School in April of 2017.
On Friday a legal response was issued against the allegations.
In the case filed in the U.S. District Court, the school firmly states students safety is among the highest priority for the school, and that the words “rape or “forcible rape” used in the complaint are “highly charged words” according to court documents.
According to the lawsuit, the family is suing the district for failure to appropriately investigate the alleged rape and making the girl undergo an unsafe environment and discrimination that would deny her an education.
In regards to the 17-year-old, the response states he was charged with lewd conduct with a child under 16 and was subject to the juvenile court process. It also states that he was not charged with rape or forcible rape. The school felt the use of those terms was merely to attempt to “inflame and “sensationalize” the matter.
Documents show the school admits knowing about the sexual conduct that happened between the two students but denies allegations that no proper investigation happened.
A KMVT reporter tried to reach out to both the families and school attorneys for comment but received no response.