6 News EXCLUSIVE: Family prepares to bring Title IX suit against Lansing Schools

LANSING, MI (WLNS) — A family is preparing to sue the Lansing School District for millions.

The case stems from a sexual assault that took place inside of Eastern High School in October of 2015.

The family filed a Notice of Intent to File Claim with the Michigan Court of Claims Thursday morning.

Karen Truszkowski, the family attorney, told 6 News “the most I’d like to say right now is that my client was the victim of a sexual assault in the school.”

Truszskowski says the treatment after the assault of her 14-year-old client by school officials was “sub-par”.

“It was just not proper and essentially traumatized her all over again,” she added.

The Lansing School District, The Lansing Board of Education, Superintendent Yvonne Caamal-Canul, and Eastern High School’s Principal and Vice Principal are among those named in the court papers filed Wednesday morning.

The attorney tells 6 News that her clients are prepared to sue for $5 million and file a Title IX claim in Federal District Court, after their daughter was sexually assaulted in a stairwell inside of the high school.

According to the documents, school officials reviewed a video of the attack on security equipment, and suspended the teen for 10 days.

The family was told the student would not be able to return to school, until administrators could put a plan in place to “curb” her behavior.

Truszkowski says, “It is our position that the school district did not comply with the requirements of Title IX.”

The male student accused in the sexual assault was originally charged with four felonies.

We’ve learned those charges were dismissed, and the accused has admitted to one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

He’s due back in court next week.

“I have a great deal of respect for the Lansing Schools they have wonderful teachers and administration, and I’m hopeful that this is just something that will have a positive outcome for everybody,” says Truszkowski.

Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore released this statement in response, “The District was informed this morning of notice of a threatened lawsuit.  Out of respect for the students involved, and in light of federal student privacy laws, we are not able to offer any other detail in response to this notice or media inquiries.  The District will work with its legal counsel to respond to this action in the normal course of events and according to court rules.The Lansing School District takes these situations very seriously and works hard every day to give every student a strong academic curriculum and a safe school.”

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