Lawsuit accuses 'mean girls' of falsely accusing Seneca Valley student of sexual assault

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#BelieveWomen From wtae.com:

Lawsuit accuses 'mean girls' of falsely accusing Seneca Valley student of sexual assault

WTAE Updated: 6:28 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018

HARMONY, Pa. —
Parents of a former Seneca Valley High School student have filed a lawsuit after they claim their son was terrorized by false accusations committed by a group of five "mean girls."

The lawsuit claims the girls falsely accused the boy of sexual assault on two occasions, and that the accusations cost him his job at a local pool.

"The boy was treated as if he were guilty until proven innocent, which is the complete opposite way that our justice system is supposed to work," attorney Craig Fishman said.

When the boy reported it to school officials, they allegedly did not take action.

"Kids were harassing him in school, and he is now being home-schooled and cyber-schooled," Fishman said.

The teenager still goes to Seneca Valley for testing.

"He went to Seneca Valley High School (Friday), and when he went to sign in, one of the girls who started the whole thing -- her father and a Jackson Township police officer were there waiting for him solely for the purpose of harassing him," Fishman said.

The girls have not responded to requests for comment from Pittsburgh's Action News 4. Fishman said he wants them to be held accountable in some way, either by police or the school district.

The school district has not responded to the lawsuit.

Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger, who is also named in the suit, has not responded.

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UPDATE: The Seneca Valley School District issued the following statement Monday.

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. 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.

We still have not been officially served with the lawsuit against the school district, but we have been made aware of it through the media and other sources.

We feel strongly the lawsuit being filed against the Seneca Valley School District is without merit. We have followed all applicable laws, and we will vigorously defend ourselves throughout the process.

Because this situation involves a lawsuit and ongoing litigation, and also because of federal privacy laws protecting student information, the school district cannot comment further on the details of the lawsuit or the situation.
 

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From triblive.com

Seneca Valley defends its actions in 'Mean Girls' case

PAUL PEIRCE | Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 10:57 a.m.
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The Seneca Valley School District on Monday defended its handling of two sexual assault complaints brought against a male student by five “mean girls” that later reportedly turned out to be false.

The boy’s parents filed a civil lawsuit against the girls and school district in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh last week.

In a four-paragraph statement released by the Butler County district, school officials defended their actions and said they believe “the lawsuit is without merit.”

“We have followed all applicable laws, and we will vigorously defend ourselves throughout the process,” the district said in response to repeated requests by the Tribune-Review to respond to the lawsuit.

The parents, Michael J. and Alecia Flood of Zelienople, claim their son, only identified as T.F., “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” last summer.

The boy is being home-schooled due to the bullying he suffered by classmates following the allegations, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit alleges the boy was further damaged from “gender bias” by school officials and Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger’s office, which even after learning the girls’ accusations were false “did not take any action against the females involved,” said attorney Craig Fishman of Pittsburgh, who represents the Floods.

The phrase “Mean Girls,” used in the lawsuit by Fishman, references the 2004 movie of the same name.

The movie details the buds and thorns of the high school experience — deep friendships and happy memories along with painful bullying and gossip that could have a lasting impact.

In the prepared statement released by the district’s media support specialist, Katherine Huttinger, the school district maintained “safety” is its priority.

“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. 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,” the statement said.

The school district noted it still has not been served with the lawsuit.

“Because this situation involves a lawsuit and ongoing litigation, and also because of federal privacy laws protecting student information, the school district cannot comment further on the details of the lawsuit or the situation,” the statement concluded.

The Floods seek unspecified civil damages against the girls’ parents, the school district and Goldinger’s office.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, ppeirce@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.
 
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If the left in this country really cared about stopping sexual assault and punishing those who commit it, then they would argue to come down VERY harshly on those that make it more difficult by making false accusations. I think we all know that isn't going to happen, even liberals themselves.