- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

ELLSWORTH, Kan. (AP) - The mother of a Kansas high schooler who says he was sexually assaulted by members of the swim team on a bus after a competition alleges in a lawsuit that he needs therapy and has stopped attending the school.

The Great Bend school district, the school board, two coaches, a bus driver, three administrators and the parents of four students are listed as defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed Wednesday in Ellsworth County District Court. It seeks at least $395,000 in damages and court costs, the Great Bend Tribune (https://bit.ly/1VVKzaZ ) reported.

District spokeswoman Jennifer Schartz said the district had no comment because the litigation is pending.

The lawsuit said four teammates tried to assault the teen Feb. 6 in Ellsworth County as the swim team returned from a meet in Manhattan. After the driver and two coaches learned of the attack, the bus was stopped for a brief period of time before continuing on to Great Bend High School, the lawsuit said.

The mother said school officials didn’t call police, but she did. The Associated Press is not naming the mother because it would identify the student. The mother didn’t immediately return a phone message.

The teen hasn’t been to school since the attack and is being home-schooled, according to the suit.

Two team members were charged in April with unlawful restraint and battery charges. One teen is awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest, and the other pleaded not guilty.

The lawsuit also says two swim team members who were allegedly involved in the attack allowed to participate later that month in the state championship meet.

The sheriff in neighboring Barton County uncovered evidence of a sexual assault in an incident that was alleged to have occurred Feb. 3 as the Great Bend swim team bus passed through that county. No charges have been filed in that county. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said his client wasn’t the victim in that incident.


Information from: Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, https://www.gbtribune.com

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