Jury trials set in Federal lawsuits pending against PCPS

October 7, 2019 | Courts|Featured

OKLAHOMA CITY — Jury trials are scheduled in two Federal lawsuits pending against the Ponca City School District in Western District Court.
PCPS is accused in both lawsuits of violating Title IX.

The first suit, filed on Dec. 17, 2018, alleges a 14-year-old boy was sexually assaulted while attending a basketball camp in Jenks. (see story)

On Sept. 23, a motion for a protective order prohibiting or limiting certain discovery sought by the plaintiff and limiting the information the school district may produce, such as school discipline records.

On Oct. 1, the plaintiff filed a response to the request in which they argue that the records sought are relevant and “reasonably calculated to lead to admissible evidence.”

Attorneys argue that any prior incidence that occurred involving the defendants go to whether the school district was deliberately indifferent when placing the then two senior boys in rooms with freshmen boys. If one or both have a history of participation in or discipline from similar allegations, the plaintiff will argue the school should not have placed the pair in a confined unsupervised place with young boys. The plaintiff asserts that there was continuing and ongoing harassment by the defendants after the assault and that school records should contain details and documentation of the harassment, which would be relevant.
The case is set for jury trial on June 9, 2020 with attorney Paige Lee representing the plaintiffs.

The second case, filed on Feb. 21, alleges a 13-year-old West Middle School student was raped by a 15-year old West Middle School student off of school grounds and that the 13-year-old was then harassed at school by the 15-year-old and others. The suit also alleges that Title IX was violated by staff. (see story)
Attorney Paige Lee has been working on the case for the plaintiff and
A. Laurie Koller, Koller Trial Law, Tulsa, entered an appearance in the case on behalf of the plaintiff on July 31. The case is set for jury trial on March 10, 2020.

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