Lawsuit Claims Berkeley School Officials Failed to Report Attempted Sexual Assault

Some students in the East Bay plan to walk out of school to protest the way administrators handled an on-campus attempted rape allegation.

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A former student is suing the Berkeley Unified School District claiming school leaders did nothing after she reported a classmate tried to rape her.

The former student, identified as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit against the district. She claims that back in May 2019, a male student pulled her into a locked classroom, threw her onto a desk, groped her and tried to rape her. The alleged victim said she repeatedly said no, managed to push him off of her, and ran out of the room.

"This is not OK," said James Wong, a Berkeley High School student. "And we need a community and culture that protects people."

The victim said she reported the attack to a counselor and an assistant principal. The counselor allegedly told her the male students had assaulted up to 10 other girls. The lawsuit claims school staff failed to report the attack to police, or ensure her safety on campus.

Earlier this week, after word of the lawsuit got out, the list appeared on a girl's bathroom door. Someone wrote in black ink: "Boys to Watch Out For." Some of the boys are called rapists. A message on the wall reads, "stay safe ladies."

"I'm not shocked," student Asha Baudart said. "Something like this has been building up."

Students said there are plans for a student walkout on Monday to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault on campus.

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