According to STL Today, a substitute teacher was accused of having sexual relations with students in the Roxana School District in Edwardsville, IL.
On Friday, February 4, 2022, 29-year-old Danielle C. Fischer was arrested. She is being charged with four counts of criminal sexual assault and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Two male students, one 16-years old and the other 17 years old have, accused her of having sex with them on June 5, 2021.
Fischer worked within the Roxana School District as a permanent substitute teacher during the 2020-2021 school year but began working for the Alton School District this past year.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent handles lawsuits for student sex abuse victims and their parents in civil court. Brian shared his thoughts regarding the legal options for victims sexually assaulted by a substitute teacher, including when they can sue.
When children are at school, the school is responsible for keeping them safe from harm and abuse. The school has a legal duty to maintain a safe learning environment and to reduce the risk of preventable dangers. A school with adequate security may train its staff in child protection, including recognizing the signs of abuse. They will conduct proper backgrounds checks to ensure the staff does not have a history of prior misconduct. Additionally, the campus will be equipped with security monitoring systems and patrolling security resource officers. When a school fails to uphold its legal commitment to their students, and a student is abused, they may be held responsible."
"A thorough investigation should follow each reported incident of misconduct. However, if a school ignored past reports and the teacher was allowed to continue teaching and abused another child, the school could be deemed negligent for the foreseeable crime. It is important that the school be investigated for possible negligence. Sadly, some instances of student sex abuse happen due to negligence by the school or school officials."
"Student sex abuse victims or their parents may have sufficient grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the negligent school or school district. They can learn more about their legal options by speaking with an experienced sex abuse victim attorney."