SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - A former South Brunswick High School student has filed a lawsuit in the Middlesex County Superior Court alleging that the school was negligent regarding a sexual assault that occurred on February 19th, 2016 during her Freshman year. The lawsuit was filed on July 1st. The name of the student is confidential at this time.
The student alleges that 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 the lawsuit.
The student who was assaulted claims to have suffered emotional and physical injuries, 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 16th, 2016, she attempted suicide and was taken to St. Peter’s University Hospital, according to the lawsuit.
The board is being accused of failing to protect the wellbeing of a student and 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 yet to release a statement about this lawsuit.