Indiana Student Alleges Abuse by Fellow Athletes
CARMEL, Ind.—The family of a 14-year-old Carmel High School student, who alleges being abused by fellow student athletes in a locker room and on a school bus, is planning to sue the Carmel Clay School District (CCSD) for $2.2 million.
The student, whose name has not been released, claims he suffered sexual abuse and harassment from several varsity basketball players, reports ABC News. He also played basketball, although it was unclear whether he was on the same team or one of the two teams for younger students.
An attorney for the victim said the school district has a history of sexual abuse and bullying by students. Furthermore, he added that protection is not provided for younger student players.
Four students – Robert Kitzinger, 19, Brandon Hoge, 18, Oscar Falodun, 18, and Scott Laskowski, 19 – all face either battery or criminal recklessness charges in connection with the Jan. 8 alleged assaults. Additionally, Kitzinger and Hoge face battery charges from a Jan. 22 school bus incident.
The group has been arrested and released on bond; they have also been suspended from school.
For its part, CCSD released an 80-page report titled, “Report to the Community,” on May 17, which suggested that there may be other victims. Additionally, school officials noted that they had only learned about the alleged abuse in the school locker rooms when they began investigating the alleged school bus incident, which was reported by a parent.
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