INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 24, 2015) – A former student at Indianapolis Public Schools filed a lawsuit against the school district, the former IPS employee who sexually abused her, and other former IPS administrators.
The lawsuit stems from misconduct by Corey Greenwood in 2012 when the victim was 16-years-old and a student at George Washington High School (GWHS).
"They could have prevented the whole situation," said GWHS parent Sierra Brinkley.
The female alleges that the Defendants are liable under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 because multiple IPS officials, including the Director of Secondary Education, the Chief of Human Resources, the IPS Police Chief, and the principal of GWHS, had knowledge of Greenwood’s prior misconduct with at least one other female student and had authority to institute corrective measures, but nevertheless failed to do so.
"It's deep because it's someone who the students trusted," said GWHS parent Arien Jackson.
The former student, now 19, also alleges that IPS negligently hired and retained Greenwood despite knowing that he posed a known danger to minor female students.The lawsuit says, "IPS not only continued to employ Greenwood after his prior misconduct with students became known, but IPS even promoted him to positions which afforded him greater access to his victims such as the Plaintiff in this case."
"It hurts the child more because they aren't going to go home and telling their parents. Most of them are scared and don't have anyone to talk to," said Jackson.
According to the lawsuit, at the time of the sexual abuse the female was a 21st Century Scholar. But Greenwood’s abuse and its aftermath have had lasting effects on her. She is currently serving in the Army reserve and still hopes to attend college.
The lawsuit says the female chose to file the lawsuit for two reasons. “First, she wants to hold Greenwood, his mother and IPS accountable for what happened. Although Greenwood pled guilty to child seduction and obstruction of justice, he spent only 14 days in jail. Second, she wants to help prevent other teenage girls from being similarly victimized. When schools put students at risk by employing known predators, there will be consequences.”
Indianapolis Public Schools released this statement regarding the Complaint for Damages and Jury Trial Demand by Plaintiff A.S.:
"This is indeed unfortunate. While the current administration was not employed with Indianapolis Public Schools during the time of the events cited in the lawsuit, we are deeply concerned and will cooperate fully in these proceedings."