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Sexually abused third-graders bore responsibility, school district insisted for 12 years

Oct 12, 2017 by

The Palm Beach County School District insisted for a dozen years that four third-grade girls bore responsibility for allowing their teacher to molest them in 2005.

In court documents, the district said the children were “old enough to appreciate the consequences of their actions.”

An outside lawyer hired by the district even called it a standard legal defense, which the district had used since 2006.

The district said in February court papers that the 9-year-old girls “conducted themselves in a careless and negligent manner,” which contributed to any suffering. The students claimed emotional distress and other injuries after former teacher Blake Sinrod molested them in 2005 at Coral Sunset Elementary, west of Boca Raton.

The defense was drafted by the Hollywood law firm Conroy Simberg. School Board member Erica Whitfield said a school district attorney who handles risk management cases reviewed it.

But school district administrators would not directly address who reviewed the case. Superintendent Robert Avossa referred questions to the Hollywood law firm.

 

Source: Sexually abused third-graders bore responsibility, school district insisted for 12 years – Orlando Sentinel

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