Suit: School district failed to protect against sex assault

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mother of a former ninth grader at Sandy High School has filed a $450,000 lawsuit against the Oregon Trail School District, alleging the district failed to protect her daughter from being sexually assaulted.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the girl, who was 15 at the time, has autism and other conditions that “made her more susceptible to being a target of ridicule and harm by other students,” according to the lawsuit filed last month in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

The suit says she was learning at a third-grade educational level and was taught in a “confined, one-on-one classroom setting” through the district’s special education program.

The suit alleges that in October 2017, educators changed the girl’s educational plan to allow her to interact “with the general student population in regular education classes.”

The suit claims shortly after that, another student told her to meet him in a bathroom where he sexually assaulted her.

Julia Monteith, the district’s communications director, said the district’s legal counsel “is aware of the claim and will work with the family’s representatives.”