A 14-year-old girl who alleges that she was raped and choked by her bully in a school stairwell has been blamed for the attack by school district lawyers who say she was ‘negligent’.
Students and parents protested outside New Rochelle High School in Westchester County, New York, on Saturday after the district’s response to a lawsuit by the victim was revealed.
The victim was grabbed by her throat and led into a stairwell where she was raped and choked on March 4, 2020 by a boy who had a history of bullying her, the lawsuit claims.
All of this happened while the victim screamed and yelled, ‘No,’ according to court documents reviewed by the Daily Mail. The stairwell was monitored by a security camera, which captured footage of the attack.
The suspect was arrested by New Rochelle police within days of the alleged rape, but the records are sealed because he was charged as a juvenile offender, New Rochelle police said.
The alleged victim and her mother are now suing the school district for unspecified damages.
Insurance lawyers for the school district said in a March 31 response to the lawsuit that the district wasn’t negligent and isn’t ‘at fault or culpable.’
‘Furthermore, there was contributory negligence, assumption of risk, contributory fault and/or culpable conduct attributable to the plaintiffs, to the extent of total and/or partial diminution of damages alleged in the complaint,’ the school insurance company’s lawyers wrote.
The suspect walked the victim back to class after the rape and passed a security guard, who didn’t say anything, the victim’s family said in it’s lawsuit, which was filed on March 11 this year in Westchester County Supreme Court.
The victim and suspect had a history with each other, according to the lawsuit.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Christopher Eberhart