Keep LEISD Students Safe

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Keep LEISD Students Safe

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Teagan Langley started this petition to Little Elm High School Students and Parents

My name is Teagan Langley, and I am a sophomore at Little Elm High School.

At Little Elm High School, on Friday, November 19th, what began as a peaceful protest turned into a violent riot, and ended in several students being injured and our voices still not being heard.

Articles about our school and what occurred there this past Friday have been published by multiple news outlets. However, all of them focus on the violence - the riot we started, the four students arrested - and very few bring any attention as to why we were protesting.

Our school came together to advocate for a student who endured sexual assault and harassment every day for approximately one month. A student who, upon reporting her experience and the student who had hurt her, received three days of in-school suspension, or ISS, for "falsely accusing" the other student.

I had a hand in leading the peaceful protest that took place. Unfortunately, our protest quickly escalated and became what would be considered a riot. One that would be appallingly handled by administration and our local police department. One that would create news headlines such as "4 Texas students arrested during chaotic protest" and "Police Respond To Student 'Disruption' During 'Planned Demonstration'", yet none of them properly address why we did what we did.

We protested for the girl who went to an assistant principal because she was being harassed by a boy every day on their school bus. A boy who started by making comments about her body and progressed to touching it without her consent. The girl who was touched multiple times on the breasts, butt, stomach, and thighs. Without her consent. The girl who could no longer bear seeing that boy for fear of what he may do to her if they were ever alone. The girl who reported this boy's actions to an individual with the authority to protect her, but failed to. The girl who received a punishment of three days of ISS because she spoke up. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who was sexually assaulted by another student at a friend's house. A girl who reported it to the police. A girl whose sexual assault was proven to have happened, but because she was seen paralyzed by fear in the video taken of her assault, had her assault ignored. A girl who asked nothing from Little Elm High School but to be protected while at school from the boy who assaulted her; but in turn, was placed in a class with him. A girl who brought this to the attention of counselors and teachers she trusted just for them to do nothing about it. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who began to dread having to go to her Spanish class because of the boy who made endless comments about her body. The girl who could never be alone and always had to be near a friend because any time she was alone, he would try to grab her waist and breasts. The girl who stopped going to her Spanish class because the boy would try to convince her to lay her head in his lap and tell her that "she wouldn't want to get off" of him. The girl who couldn't leave the locker room after soccer because he'd be waiting for her outside. The girl who begged this boy to stop making these comments. Begged him to stop touching her. Begged him to leave her alone. When he wouldn't stop, she reported it to the Spanish teacher. The teacher simply moved her to a different seat and told her she was the problem. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who rejected a boy at homecoming. A boy who responded by following her around school and even out to her car. The boy who repeatedly asked for her number even when she declined several times. A boy who became aggressive and began to do these things in much harsher ways. The girl whose friends tried countless times to help her get the boy to stop. The girl who had to run away from him just to be left alone. The girl who ended up being pepper sprayed while protesting for herself and other girls like her. A girl who woke up in the hospital after being denied medical attention at the riot when her legs and hands were going numb. The girl who reported the boy to the school only to watch them place him on the basketball team and receive no punishment. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who was sexually assaulted by another student several times on campus. The girl who was grabbed by her breasts and butt, pulled by the waist, and forcefully touched in areas such as her thighs. The girl who reported these events to the school, but was dismissed because there was "not enough evidence".  The girl who began to be physically and verbally abused both inside and outside of school by the boy that the school let walk free. The girl who came back to the school's administration to show them the bruises and scars given to her by the boy who ended up raping her at his house because the school let him walk free. The girl who received out-of-school suspension because the school believed the boy was telling the truth when he said she was lying. The girl who presented the school with a video of her being assaulted by the boy on campus, but was suspended because administration "couldn't tell what was going on in the video". The girl who no longer feels safe at school. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who met a boy at school. A boy who began to touch her. A boy who started by grabbing her by the arm, but then by the waist, hips, and thighs. Without her consent. The girl who expressed being uncomfortable and scared just for the boy to continue more forcefully. The boy who became aggressive with her and threatened to beat her. The boy whose grabbing her body without consent left bruises. The boy who refused to stop when she told him "No." countless times. The boy who tried to force her to lay on him. Whose attempts to do so left her with bruises on her wrists, legs, and arms from grabbing and hitting her. The girl who, at first denied it out of fear, eventually told administration about what the boy had done to her on school grounds. Had shown them her bruises and the messages between the two. The girl who was told to protect her abuser. The girl who was accused of faking it all, and told that her bruises were "self-inflicted" or "just makeup". The girl who was blamed by administration for what was done to her. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who dated a boy for two years. A boy would consecutively rape her. A boy who would abuse her throughout their entire relationship. The girl who was abused - sexually, physically, and emotionally. The girl who would leave the boy's house in tears and covered in bruises. The girl who, as a result of this boy's abuse, suffered immense amounts of trauma that resulted in severe memory loss, weight loss, anxiety, and several other health problems. The girl who reported this boy - one of the school's athletes who has several similar allegations against him - to administration over five weeks ago. The girl who has watched administration do nothing about it, but still has to walk past him in the hallways every day. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl brought a boy to a "Friendsgiving" event. A boy who, later that night at a bonfire, began grabbing her thighs, breasts, and butt. The girl who froze. The girl who expressed how uncomfortable she was and left the event. A boy who would do similar things to the girl's friend after she left. The girl who cut off contact with the boy. A boy who apologized because he knew what he had done wrong. The girl reported what had happened to her and the boy who had hurt her to administration with the hope that they would be able to protect her - at least while she was at school. The girl who just wanted the boy to leave her alone. Administration did nothing for the girl who still wakes up in a panic from the nightmares she has about the boy who hurt her. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for the girl who went to the lake with a few friends and met a boy. A boy who began groping her without her consent while in the water. A boy who continued after she told him to stop. After she tried to swim away. The girl who was left frozen and scared to move after the boy forcefully grabbed her without her consent. The girl who is unable to feel comfortable in relationships with other individuals because of what the boy did to her. Without her consent. The girl who reported it to administration, again, with the hope that they would keep her safe while she was at school. A school that the boy still attends with her. The girl who is forced to watch the boy who hurt her walk the halls free of any consequences for what he did to her. Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department failed her.

We protested for a girl who just wanted to comfortably attend her art class. The girl who couldn't get up to grab a sheet of paper without a boy making unwanted sexual comments about her body under his breath. The girl who couldn't get up to grab a sheet of paper without the boy grabbing her butt without her consent. The girl who has told the boy, on several occasions, to stop. A boy who would touch her thighs. The girl who told the boy, again, to stop. A boy who got upset with her when she placed her backpack in her lap in an attempt to stop the unwanted touching. A boy who got upset with her when she moved away from him in an attempt to stop the unwanted touching. The same boy who hurt the girl whose story fueled our protest.

I asked any survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, physcial assault, or physcial abuse, who felt comfortable, to share their stories with me. With each of their permissions, I share their stories with you in order to show that Little Elm High School and Little Elm Police Department has failed, not only the girl whose story started our protest, but many others. She was not the only one LEISD and LEPD has failed to protect and keep safe. There are more out there, and even more who are too afraid of what may happen to them if they share their experiences.

 

The Superintendent of Little Elm School District has made plans to:

1.     Create an Independent committee to review Little Elm ISD's sexual harassment reporting and investigation process.

2.     An after-action review of Friday's incident will be performed by the Little Elm ISD Safety and Security Committee next week.

3.     Perform an independent investigation into the alleged sexual harassment incident that led to the student protest.

 

It is our hope that the support shown on this petition shows our Superintendent just how important it is to keep his promise to implement the above stated steps in order to prevent more individuals from being placed in harm's way.

Little Elm High School and School District needs to make a change. Far too many have already been hurt in ways they will have to live with for the rest of their lives. Changes must be made. Individuals such as our Superintendent and members of Administration have the power to help make those changes. We beg you to keep us safe because, thus far, you have failed to do so.

 

 

 

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