Girl claims southwest Missouri district failed to protect her

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 12:49 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A former special education student alleges in a lawsuit that officials at her southwest Missouri school made her write a letter of apology to a boy after she accused him of raping her and that he later attacked her again.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the suit was filed last month against the Republic School District. The district described the claims as "frivolous" in a court filing.

The suit said school officials didn't believe her when she reported the alleged rape during the 2008-09 school year. The suit said that after she recanted, she was forced to apologize and was expelled for the year.

She said the boy continued to harass her when she returned the following year but that she feared going to school officials. She claims she ultimately was raped again at the school.

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