CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- The parents of a former student at Jim Stone Elementary sues the Conway School district.
The allegations include neglecting to inform the Department of Human Services about alleged sexual abuse. According to the family's attorney, a classmate sexually abused a 9-year-old girl in the bathroom last August, and harassed her for two more weeks. The alleged victim came home with a ripped shirt and a swollen eye.
"She had emotional breakdowns going into school. She made comments to the counselor about wanting to take her life over this issue," says Lucas.
The lawsuit claims the victim's teacher confiscated notes of a sexual nature from the students, but didn't notify the parents for four days, even though the teacher met with the alleged victim's mother the day she found the notes.
The lawsuit goes on to say that no one with the school district properly reported it. The family is now seeking punitive and compensatory damages.
"We're asking the court to grant punitive damage for the bad faith on the school part," says Lucas.
Conway Superintendent Greg Murray released a statement Monday afternoon saying,
"The facts are not as set forth in the lawsuit. The Conway School District does not tolerate bullying, harassment or sexual abuse and our staff has acted accordingly. The District acted appropriately under the circumstances related to this minor based upon what we knew and when we knew it. Eventually the actual facts will be established and it will be apparent that the District has acted appropriately and in the best interest of our students."
Lucas says the victim was allegedly harassed and ridiculed after the incident in the bathroom.
"Our main concern is protecting the child and other children and making sure this does not happen to them again," says Lucas.
According to the lawsuit the alleged victim was not taken out of Jim Stone Elementary until September 23rd, 2011, nearly a month from the initial allegations. The district then moved her to another school in the district -- only to ask her to go back to Jim Stone in February of this year because of discipline issues.
Lucas tells Today's THV the alleged victim is now being home schooled.