GISD School Board to meet over pending lawsuit

The Greenville Independent School District’s Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit filed recently by two parents alleging that the district “failed to protect their child from repeated sexual abuse by another student.”

During the meeting, which is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at the Wesley Martin Administration Building at 4004 Moulton St., the school board and Superintendent Demetrus Liggins will go into executive or closed session to consult with an attorney and deliberate on the matter. It is the only item on the meeting’s agenda.

According to a brief statement from GISD Monday, the district still "has not been formally served the lawsuit." However, since it is publicly accessible they "are aware of it," so the school board "is meeting to consult with legal counsel."

Last Monday, the Herald-Banner reported on the filing in federal court in Dallas of a lawsuit against GISD alleging that a child attending Katherine G. Johnson STEM Academy was sexually assaulted by another student on campus twice this past school year – once in November and again in March. The lawsuit alleges that school officials failed to immediately report the first incident to Child Protective Services as required by law, and it alleges that school officials failed to protect the child from a second abuse incident.

The complaint also states that the GISD Police Department was not informed of the abuse “by any of the GISD mandatory reporters.”

To read the full report on the lawsuit’s detailed claims, visit http://bit.ly/30kjIdp.

The Herald-Banner has declined to publicize the names of the parents who filed the suit or the alleged victim.

Last Tuesday, Liggins sent an email to parents denying the allegations detailed in the lawsuit and said the district will “vigorously defend against it” and “will be in a position to introduce evidence in court to refute the plaintiffs’ allegations.”