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Lawsuit filed against Union Public Schools

Earlier this month, a Union Public Schools teacher was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Now, the school district faces a civil lawsuit, accusing them of gross negligence in connection with that situation.

News on 6 reporter Ashli Sims says the student's guardians claim in the lawsuit, the district didn't do enough to stop the relationship.

First, a science teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with her 15-year-old student. This week, the district is slapped with a civil lawsuit over those same allegations. The guardians of the student filed the lawsuit in Tulsa County District Court, claiming the school district, its superintendent and the Intermediate High School principal are partly to blame for what they call the abuse of the 15-year-old.

The suit accused the 28-year-old science teacher of, quote: "psychological manipulation, stalking, touching, fondling, molestation, sexual assault and other sexual acts." It goes on to say "The science teacher sexually assaulted the child victim at her private home and such activities were known but not stopped by Union."

The lawsuit does not detail what the school district knew about the relationship between the student and teacher or when they knew it. But it does say quote "Union, failed to protect the child victim from the science teacher or warn the guardians of the science teachers abuse."

The guardians are suing for the cost of psychological treatment and the teenager’s special education needs. They also are asking for punitive damages against Union Public Schools to keep the situation from happening again.

The guardian's lawyer declined comment. Union Public Schools did issue a statement Thursday afternoon. It says the lawsuit has quote "no merit." And it will be turned over to their attorneys and vigorously defended.

The science teacher accused of having sex with the student was suspended last week. She has not been arrested or charged.
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