14-Year-Old Student Orally Raped by Older Male Student at Seminole Ridge High School
WHAT: JEFF HERMAN, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against the SCHOOL BOARD OF PALM BEACH COUNTY for the sexual harassment and abuse of a female student by Xavier Ross, a then 12th grade student with previous behavioral issues at SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH.
According to the Complaint:
- On or about December 12, 2011, ROSS was reported to have engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with a female student in a restroom at SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH. The incident was reported and investigated.
- Despite ROSS admitting to the incident, there was a lack of response to notice of sexual misconduct by school officials.
- In the 2011-2012 school year, SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH had a chronic problem of students engaging in sexual misconduct in the school’s bathrooms, as well as loitering and engaging in misconduct in the hallways adjacent to the bathrooms.
- The school instituted a corrective measure, in which it created a station with a table and chair in the hallway by the bathrooms. It assigned a teacher or staff person for each period of the school day to sit at the table and monitor the bathrooms and hallways. This corrective measure was effective preventing student misconduct.
- School officials failed to maintain this necessary policy which led to ROSS forcing JANE DOE into the boys’ restroom. Once in the handicapped stall, ROSS then picked up Jane Doe and placed her onto the sink in the stall, exposed his penis and demanded that she masturbate him. When Jane Doe refused his request, Ross grabbed her hand and forced her to rub his penis.
- Xavier Ross then demanded oral sex which Jane Doe refused. Ross then grabbed the back of Jane Doe’s head and forced his penis into her mouth.
JANE DOE NO. 54 v. SCHOOL BOARD OF PALM BEACH COUNTY was filed yesterday in United States District Court Southern District of Florida.
Jeff Herman, the attorney for the victim in this case, stated: “A school must never needlessly endanger children. When it comes to protecting kids, schools should always make the safest choice.”