Utah teacher sues school district for retaliating against her for reporting sexual harassment among 5th grade students

Kathryn Moore is suing Utah’s Park City School District “for violations of Title IX” and “state breach of contract,” in line with the go well with filed within the third District Court for Summit County, Utah.

The school district superintendent mentioned in an e-mail to NCS that the district is “unable to comment on either pending litigation or personnel matters.”

Moore was employed as a brief worker for the 2020-2021 school 12 months for Parley’s Park Elementary School, in line with the lawsuit.

The school serves about 600 students and is roughly 33 miles east of Salt Lake City.

In December 2020, a couple of of the women in Moore’s fifth-grade class informed her that “one of the boys in the class was touching them inappropriately and staring at them in ways that made them uncomfortable,” in line with the lawsuit.

Moore “immediately” informed the principal, and the principal instructed that she inform the women’ mother and father, the go well with mentioned.

Two weeks later, the principal instructed that Moore “segregate her classroom by gender, seating all the boys on one side of the classroom and all the girls on the other.” the criticism says.

The principal additionally informed her to inform the mother and father of the boy who was allegedly harassing the women, in line with the go well with.

Moore “strongly disagreed” with the category segregation however adopted the principal’s directions, in line with the go well with.

The principal made no different efforts to “investigate the female students’ complaints, correct the behavior of the accused male student, or protect female students from further sexual harassment,” the go well with alleges.

“The segregation of Ms. Moore’s classroom upset both her students and their parents,” the go well with mentioned. “Both the school and Ms. Moore received multiple complaints from parents about the segregated classroom and the negative effect it was having on their children,” the go well with added.

In January 2021, Moore’s students have been interviewed one after the other exterior her classroom, however Moore did not know why, the go well with says.

Moore was informed “the ‘investigation’ revealed a ‘harmonious classroom,’ and that it was time to ‘reintegrate’ the students.”

Two weeks later, a substitute teacher confirmed as much as Moore’s classroom, saying Moore had requested to be transferred, regardless of Moore by no means requesting a switch from Parley’s Park Elementary, the go well with mentioned. Moments later, the principal confirmed up and mentioned it was all a “misunderstanding.”

The subsequent day, Moore was required to report back to the principal’s workplace very first thing, the go well with mentioned. When she arrived, the go well with says, “she was ‘being given the opportunity’ to transfer to a different school.”

While the district’s director of human sources mentioned the switch was an “opportunity,” Moore felt as if the switch was not optionally available, in line with the go well with.

“Ms. Moore was not given any choice in the matter,” the go well with mentioned.

“No teacher should be retaliated against for protecting their students,” Moore mentioned in a information launch from her legal professional. “I am concerned for the safety of our Park City School District students.”

Moore is asking for misplaced wages and advantages together with punitive damages and authorized charges, among different issues, in line with the go well with. She’s additionally requested a trial earlier than a jury.

Utah’s legal professional common’s workplace is representing the school district within the case, in line with Richard Piatt, the director of communications for the legal professional common’s workplace.