A Pennsylvania couple has filed a lawsuit, alleging their son endured relentless bullying due to five girls’ falsely accusing him of sexual assault
According to WPXI, the boy’s parents said their son (identified as “TF” in the lawsuit) is no longer enrolled in the Seneca Valley School District due to harassment he suffered even after the five girls admitted they fabricated the story. The parents are reportedly suing the parents of the five “mean girls,” the school district, and the district attorney’s office—the two latter entities for allegedly mishandling the case.
The news station reported that the family said the boy is being homeschooled and has undergone medical treatment following last summer’s ordeal.
In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last week, the parents wrote that TF “was forced to endure multiple court appearances, detention in a juvenile facility, detention at home, the loss of his liberty and other damages until several of the girls reluctantly admitted that their accusations were false.”
Craig Fishman, the attorney representing the couple, accused the district attorney and school officials of exhibiting “gender bias.” Even after it was established that the story was made up, he said they both failed to “take any action against the females involved,” according to the Tribune-Review.
Officials with the Seneca Valley School District said they hadn’t received the lawsuit as of Monday but claimed the parents’ claims were “without merit.” They declined to provide additional details about the case, citing federal laws protecting students’ information.
“The number-one priority of the Seneca Valley School District is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents, and volunteers who enter our buildings,” Monday’s statement said. “We have policies and procedures in place to protect individuals, and we communicate to all employees on these policies and work hard every day to provide a safe and caring learning environment for all.”
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