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Washington, DC - Two Maya Angelou Public Charter School Staff Members Accused of Sexual Abuse

Washington, DC - Two Maya Angelou Public Charter School Staff Members Accused of Sexual Abuse
Published: April 13, 2022
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on May 11, 2022

Two School Employees Accused of Sexually Abusing Students

7News has reported that allegations of inappropriate conduct are being investigated at the Maya Angelou Public Charter School located at 5600 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20019. 

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the charter school sent out a letter to the parents detailing an ongoing investigation against two staff members. The school and local police are looking into allegations of sexual abuse at the school between the two school employees and students. At this time, no further details were released. 

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Can I Sue If My Child Was Sexually Abused At A School?

Attorney contributor Laurence Banville is an experienced school sexual abuse lawyer who represents victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Below, Laurence has provided information regarding the legal options available, including when victims sexually abused by school staff members can file a lawsuit.

"Predators often seek positions that afford them power and trust. Teachers, coaches, and even school staff members are given a high level of respect and trust from both parents and students. Schools must ensure that all staff has been thoroughly vetted in order to protect the children in their care. Additionally, schools must take all reasonable steps to minimize and prevent sexual abuse. This could include security measures such as video surveillance cameras and patrolling security officers within the premises."

“If a school staff member is accused of sexually abusing a child, it is important to look into the safety measures taken by the school. A school may be held accountable if it fails to offer proper safety precautions. The school system could be found negligent if past misconduct allegations were reported but went without an investigation. Victims of sexual abuse by a school staff member should consult with an experienced school sexual assault attorney to further explore their legal options."

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