Rockwall Independent School District is facing a lawsuit after multiple families accused the school system of allegedly giving a sixth-grade boy the opportunity to sexually assault at least six kindergarten girls at a district campus.
The alleged incidents occurred at Amy Parks-Heath Elementary School during the 2021-2022 school year. Reports first began to surface when a kindergarten boy told his father that he had witnessed the sixth grader assault a girl in his class.
The sixth grader had access to the elementary school because of a program established by the principal, who was named as a defendant in the suit. The program allowed sixth graders to help elementary school students with math and reading. The parents of the girls who were allegedly assaulted claimed that they were not informed about the program.
An investigation led to multiple other victims coming forward. Despite being aware of the accusations, campus officials placed the juvenile suspect on the same bus as some of his alleged victims.
The elementary school teacher in charge of the classroom where the assaults allegedly occurred was compelled to resign, and a new principal has since been hired, according to the lawsuit.
The victims’ families also alleged that the campus did not have any sexual assault protocols at the time and that not enough was done to make parents aware of the incidents.
In a statement, Rockwall ISD claimed that the district had yet to be served with the lawsuit.
“Regardless, the District does not comment on pending litigation,” Rockwall ISD said, per WFAA reporting.
Rockwall ISD is not the only North Texas school system to draw scrutiny over the actions of employees and administrators. At Dallas ISD, two educators — one a high school chemistry teacher, the other the athletics director of a middle school — were charged by police for allegedly engaging in improper sexual relationships with students.
Despite the hardworking efforts of its dedicated teachers, the troubled district has garnered a reputation for mismanagement on the part of its leadership, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.