Target: Douglas Chin, Hawaii Attorney General
Goal: Improve security for special needs students in order to prevent sexual assault.
A special needs student with an IQ of a second grader was reportedly raped in the high school’s unisex bathroom by a senior classmate. The sexual assault was reportedly so “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive” that the victim was deprived of educational opportunities under a federal education law that protects against gender discrimination.
A jury found that the special education teacher as well as the state Department of Education were negligent in their supervision duties. The jury said that the public school breached its duty to protect the special needs student. The state attorney general said she was disappointed with the verdict and defended the teacher and the Department of Education.
Clearly, the people in charge failed to do their part at protecting students and it’s appalling that better security wasn’t in place. Unfortunately, it seems the situation isn’t being taken seriously. Demand that the Department of Education and teacher be reprimanded for the negligence that led to this tragedy and that improved security measures are implemented.
Dear Mr. Chin,
A special needs student was reportedly raped by a classmate in the unisex bathroom. The Department of Education and the teacher have both been found guilty of negligence by a jury.
The negligent, careless behavior of the school system and the lack of proper security measures contributed to this tragic situation. Had they been paying enough attention, maybe a rapist wouldn’t have been able to attack a young girl. We demand that the teacher and Department of Education be reprimanded for this, and better security put in place for the students.
[Your Name Here]
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