L.A. Principal Accused of Ignoring Plea to Help Stop Sexual Assault

May 26th, 2015

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 26, 2015:

A lawsuit has been filed against Los Angeles Unified School District on behalf of a 14-year-old girl, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by boys on her school campus, and that the school principal ignored pleas for help from the girl’s companions. Allegedly, the (female) principal told the companion she was too busy to help because she was “headed to a meeting,” reports MyNewsLA.com.

Stacey Anderson, legal guardian for the unnamed girl, filed the case Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging negligence and violations of the California Education Code. The suit seeks unspecified damages. LA Unified has not commented.

The complaint alleges that at about 2 p.m. on April 22, 2014, the girl, then 13, was walking on campus at Samuel Gompers Middle School in South Los Angeles with two female companions, when a group of boys emerged from a gym, grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the boys’ locker room.

“Plaintiff screamed for help… she was thereafter sexually assaulted,” according to the complaint. The suit further alleges that a LA Unified employee heard the screams, but did not immediately come to the plaintiff’s aid.

The complaint further alleges that one of the plaintiff’s female companions tried unsuccessfully to get help. Allegations include the principal, Stacy Gholar, heard a sexual assault was in progress, and the companion’s plea for help. Then Gholar allegedly replied, “I’m late to a meeting and I don’t have time to help you.” The assailants ran when they heard someone’s voice. The plaintiff fled to her classroom “in shock and crying,” where her teacher instructed her to report to the school office.

Plaintiff’s complaint further alleges no school employee called for any medical assistance. The plaintiff was eventually taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood by her mother, who arrived on campus later.

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