SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former South Brunswick High School student has filed a lawsuit in Middlesex County Superior Court alleging the school was negligent regarding a sexual assault that occurred on February 19, 2016 during her freshman year. The lawsuit was filed on July 1. The name of the student is not currently being released to the public.
The student alleges she was sexually assaulted by another student in a stairwell on school property. The security cameras in the stairwell were inoperable at the time of the assault. The assailant student was later adjudicated a delinquent in a court of competent jurisdiction, according to details in the lawsuit.
The victim claims to have suffered emotional and physical injuries as a result of the alleged assault, including depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She refused to go back to school after the attack for fear of seeing her abuser. On June 16, 2016, she attempted suicide and was taken to St. Peter’s University Hospital, according to the lawsuit.
The South Brunswick Board of Education is being accused of failing to protect the wellbeing of a student as well as failing to maintain a learning environment free from sexual harassment. The lawsuit is charging the school board on counts of negligence, discrimination on the basis of sex, infliction of emotional distress and a failure to rescue.
The South Brunswick Board of Education has not released a statement about the lawsuit.