CIMARRON - A school district and principal sued for how they responded to a complaint an eighth-grade girl was being bullied said the report was made during the last week of school.
Jara Wilson, the principal at Cimarron Junior/Senior High School, denies that she advised the girl’s mother to "’lay low’” and “‘wait it out over the summer.’”
The girl through her mother brought suit against Cimarron-Ensign USD 102 and Wilson in September in U.S. District Court. The school district’s and Wilson’s joint response to the allegations was filed this week.
The girl and her mother are not identified by name in the legal filings. Their complaint deals with the 2016-17 school year at Cimarron and with claims of continued harassment by Cimarron students the following year after the girl was enrolled in a nearby school district. The complaints describe sexual harassment and bullying by Cimarron students who are not identified by name.
Wilson said “plaintiff first disclosed that she was subjected to bullying on May 4, 2017, during the last week of school,” but otherwise Wilson and the school district have “insufficient information to admit or deny” allegations of sexual harassment that the plaintiff said lasted for months, so they are denied.
Wilson and the school district admit the allegations of harassment were reported to the school counselor on May 4, 2017. The school district and the principal also admit that the girl’s mother met with the principal May 4, 2017, and on or about May 5, 2017, the mother sent a letter.
Largely, USD 102 and the principal denied the allegations or said they had insufficient knowledge to admit or deny claims. Overland Park attorney Michael Norris is representing the school district and Wilson.