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Student Assault

Columbus, OH: (Feb-26-08) A lawsuit was brought against the Columbus School District by parents of a student who was sexually assaulted in the Mifflin High School auditorium in 2005. The suit claimed that the developmentally disabled girl was forced to perform oral sex on at least two boys while other students watched. The parents accused Regina Crenshaw, Mifflin High principal at the time, of negligence in handling the incident. Records show that she was subsequently fired. Crenshaw was named as a defendant in the civil lawsuit.

As part of a settlement reached, the Columbus School District has agreed to pay $350,000 to resolve allegations brought against it. As per the terms of the agreement, the district would pay $200,000 and its insurer would pay $150,000. The school board has approved the agreement, but Franklin County Probate Court must approve the settlement of the federal lawsuit because it involves payment to a minor. School officials also said that two of Mifflin High's assistant principals at the time were reassigned to other district schools. A third left the district, after the filing of the suit. Legal counsel for the girl's family said the district's settlement would end the claims against Crenshaw and other school administrators, who were unnamed defendants in the case. [COLUMBUS DISPATCH: STUDENT ASSAULT]


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Published on Feb-27-08


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