Lawsuit: Student sexually harassed CCSD employee and school leaders did nothing

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A former employee is suing the Charleston County School District along with the former principal and vice-principal of Garrett Academy of Technology for not disciplining a student she said sexually harassed her in 2014.

Lashon Jones, a paraprofessional, states that due to the sexual harassment, she suffered severe mental distress, depression and emotional anguish which resulted in medical care, a sleep disorder and change in personality along with time missed from work, according to the lawsuit.

Jones was a paraprofessional at Garret Academy of Technology in North Charleston from May 2, 2014-May 16, 2014, according to the lawsuit filed Jan 14, 2019. It serves students in grades 9-12.

Jones states that the student sexually harassed her on May 2, 2014 using obscenities in an aggressive and threatening manner and again on May 16, 2014, using obscenities and gyrating on a table.

Jones states that Charity Summers, principal at the time, and Robert Burch, assistant principal at the time, “failed to adequately punish and monitor the student,” after the first incident, which resulted in him sexually harassing her a second time, according to the lawsuit.

She is seeking compensatory and actual damages for emotional distress, time missed from work and medical expenses.

The Charleston County School District states it does not comment on pending litigation.

Summers is currently the principal at Beaufort High School.

Burch is now the assistant principal at West Ashley High School, according to the district.

Read the full lawsuit below:

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