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Doe v. Burke County Public Schools

Doe v. Burke County Public Schools

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Civil complaint for damages filed by Jane Doe against the Burke County Public Schools Board of Education, Linda Bradshaw, John Roes 1-10, and Michael Andrew Alexander
Civil complaint for damages filed by Jane Doe against the Burke County Public Schools Board of Education, Linda Bradshaw, John Roes 1-10, and Michael Andrew Alexander

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
P.B.,as lawful guardian
ad litem
 of Minor Child, JANE DOE,Plaintiff,
COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES
 v.
CIV. NO.:
BURKE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLSBOARD OF EDUCATION, LINDABRADSHAW, JOHN ROES 1
 – 
10,and MICHAEL ANDREW ALEXANDER.Defendants.
COMPLAINT AND JURY DEMANDINTRODUCTION
1.
 
In June 2012, the European Police Office
(“
Europol
”)
intercepted a childpornography syndicate operating in Spainand discoveredchild abuse videos and images taken of little girls in Burke County Public Schools
(“BCPS”)
that had likely been distributed worldwide.The girls were filmed inside elementary school classrooms causing Europol agents toimmediately contact the U.S. Embassy and the FBI. State and Federal agents moved swiftly toarrest a third grade teacher
at BCPS’s Hildebran Elementary School (“Hildebran”)
, DefendantMichael Andrew Alexander. Defendant Alexander has since been sentenced to almost one-half century of incarceration for horrific misconduct.2.
 
Throughout his twelve years as a BCPS teacher, Defendant Alexander wasallowed to excuse young girls from other class and school activities and keep them with him longenough toengage in sex with them, and, among other atrocities, create and distribute child abuseimages. Jane Doe was made to drink concoctions containing his semen, which he
called “pirate
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2 juice.
Upon information and belief, Defendant Alexander used school computers to upload,download, copy and distribute sexually deviant images of the children to a worldwide audienceof sexual degenerates and child-pornography enterprises.3.
 
Jane Doe was eight years old when Defendant Alexander began sexually abusingand filming her in school. Nevertheless, Jane Doe was brave enough to make her way to
Hildebran’s
Guidance Counselor, Defendant Linda Bradshaw, and report that she was beinginappropriately touched.4.
 
Defendant Bradshaw scolded
Jane Doe to “stop lying” and
commanded her to goback to Defendant
Alexander’s c
lass.
Defendant Bradshaw’s deliberate indifference to Jane Doe
violated no less than six explicit provisions of 
BCPS’s
Manual requiring her to protect Jane Doeby, at a minimum, reporting her allegations to the principal, superintendent, and policeauthorities. That, and other deliberate indifference, violated duties owed this young, vulnerablechild under federal and state law.5.
 
Denied help, Jane Doe continued to be sexually abused in unconscionable waysand filmed by Defendant Alexander in school.6.
 
Jane Doe, by her lawful guardian
ad litem
, P.B., brings this civil action againstDefendants Board of Education, Bradshaw, John Roes 1-10, and Alexander for variousviolations of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. § 1981,
et seq
.; theFourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (under 42 U.S.C. § 1983); the NorthCarolina Constitution, and for other violations of North Carolina law.
JURISDICTIONAND VENUE
7.
 
This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1331 because this litigation involves matters of federal law, including: claims made under the
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3Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. § 1681
et seq.
; and claims for deprivationof civil rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the United States Constitution.8.
 
This Court also has subject matter jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28U.S.C. § 1343(a)(3) & (4) because this litigation involves claims for deprivation of civil rightsunder 42 U.S.C. § 1983.9.
 
This Court has supplemental jurisdiction over the state law claims alleged hereinpursuant to 13 U.S.C. § 1367, as they formpartof the same case or controversy stemming fromthe allegations that form the basis of the civil rights and other federal questions claims in thisaction.10.
 
Venue in this District is proper as all Parties are located in this District, and all of the relevant facts occurred in this District.
PARTIES
 11.
 
Plaintiff, P.B., is a resident of the State of North Carolina residing in BurkeCounty and is lawful guardian
ad litem
of Jane Doe, a minor child resident of the State of NorthCarolina residing in Burke County, and at all relevant times herein a student at Hildebran.12.
 
Hildebran and BCPS are run by Defendant Burke County Public Schools Board of 
Education (“School Board”), a corporate body granted powers
by state law. Defendant SchoolBoard has the authority to sue or be sued under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-40.13.
 
The State of North Carolina has delegated to Defendant School Board the
“general control and supervision of all m
atters pertaining to the public schools in their respectivelocal school administrative unit
….” The School Board is charged with “execut[ing]…
the school
laws in” its district (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C
-
40) so as “to provide adequate school systems within
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