Tell the Missouri Republic School District to instate sexual assault prevention programs
  • Petitioned Vern Minor

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Superintendent, Republic School District
Vern Minor
Principal
Patricia Mithelavage
Counselor
Joni Ragain
School Resource Officer
Robert Duncan

Tell the Missouri Republic School District to instate sexual assault prevention programs

    1. Andres Berrondo
    2. Petition by

      Andres Berrondo

      Brooklyn, NY

The Republic School District of southwestern Missouri expelled a 7th-grade special education student because they didn't believe her when she told adults at her school that a classmate raped her. School officials forced her to apologize to him, then kicked her out of school for lying. She was allowed back to school the following year, and the same boy raped her again in the school library, according to a lawsuit filed on her behalf.

School officials didn't believe her that time, either. Her mom took her to The Child Advocacy Center, and a physical examination showed that a sexual assault had occurred. The lawsuit says DNA from that test proves that the boy she claimed was her rapist was indeed her rapist.

The school district then suspended the girl again. And the district's response to the lawsuit says the officials named are not responsible for damages, because "the girl failed and neglected to use reasonable means to protect herself."

(News Coverage: Boingboing, Springfield News-Leader, CBS News, Mother Jones)

Tell Republic School District of southwestern Missouri that this is no way to treat rape victims, and insist that they publicly issue an apology to her and her family immediately. Furthermore, tell them to instate a policy outlining appropriate treatment of sexual assault survivors, which does not put the onus on the victim to ensure smooth interactions at the school, and to instate prevention programs.

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    1. President confident that district did nothing wrong in rape case

      Andres Berrondo
      Petition Organizer

      It seems that any form of information regarding the case is unknown because of the courts' decision to not release any details on minors. Whatever happens on the case we have to remember that we can't let something like this ever happen again!

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    • Andres Berrondo BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      As I sit and read all these comments it saddens me that so many people have been victimized or have had their families victimized. I know that if we stick together on this issue we can accomplish something. This isn't about teachers being under-payed, democrats/republicans, or religious bindings. These are kids. There is no gray area about this. Thank you for all your support everyone!

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    • Karen McClelland NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      This is one of the most offensive things I have ever heard! I come from a family of teachers and administrators and know they would NEVER go along with this travesty. I also have a teenage daughter who was attacked and beaten in her school cafeteria and the girls got a slap on the wrist and continued to threaten her. After the Principal of the school told me they couldn't protect her from those girls I removed her from school. Six months later she was sexually assaulted (not in school) and after 3 grueling years the young man who victimized her was found guilty (after a trial that re-victimized and degraded her) and got 20 years in prison.

      This young girl should have been protected and listened to. This entire school board should be fired. They are MANDATED to report these types of crimes, but chose to humiliate and re-victimize her instead. The message their actions sent was that rape and sexual assault are okay, especially if perpetrated against people who are even less able to defend themselves. I'm so horrified that all I can think is "Thank god I don't live in Missouri!". What a degredation of justice and education!

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    • Rosalind Lord SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Vern Minor, Joni Ragain, Robert Duncan, and Patricia Mithelavage should not just be fired, but should also be in jail. They are no better than sex offenders themselves, since they aided and abetted one.

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    • Andres Berrondo BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Remember that however the case turns out, we are signing this petition to educate kids, parents, and especially educators. If we can make an impact here, then we can do the same for the rest of the nation. Thank you everyone for signing and don't forget to spread the word.

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    • Kenneth Bergman BOISE, ID
      • about 3 years ago

      No child should face the double shame of being raped then be turned on by those who are sworn to protect them.

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