A GAITHERSBURG STUDENT IS NOW SUING THE SCHOOL BOARD, SAYS HE WAS ASSAULTED IN LOCKER ROOM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
a lawsuit filed on behalf of John Doe by his mother claims he was sexually assaulted by students at Gaithersburg High School in 2018 when he was a freshman.
The suit was filed by Jane Doe against the Montgomery County Board of Education, then Gaithersburg High School Principal Dr. Christine Handy and GHS wrestling Coach Eric Britton.
John Doe was on the Gaithersburg High School junior varsity wrestling team at the time of the assault.
The three alleged assaulters were teammates who restrained the student and digitally penetrated him in early February 2018. they would grab the plaintiff’s genitals. There were no staff members present in the locker room during the attacks. After the assault in February, the plaintiff quit the wrestling team, and shortly after, he transferred out of GHS.
The suit claims severe physical and psychic injury to the plaintiff. Jane Doe is suing for one count of negligence and seeks more than $75,000 in damages including wage loss and medical bills, and also requests a jury trial.
John Doe said, “wanted to come to Gaithersburg High School to wrestle not be raped.”
A video of the assault was recorded and circulated and shown to Coach Britton. Britton showed the video to then-Assistant Principal Rudy Tyrell, who began his own investigation instead of notifying police.
Montgomery County Public Schools is required to report critical incidents like sexual assault, death, and arson to the Montgomery County Police Department.
The alleged assaulters were suspended from GHS for 10 days but were allowed to stay on sports teams according to the lawsuit. It claims no meaningful changes were made to locker room supervision after the plaintiff’s assault.