REPUBLIC, Mo. -- The Republic School District paid $185,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a student and her family who said the district didn't protect her from being raped several times. The district released the settlement figure on Thursday after a lawsuit filed by the Springfield News-Leader, which argued state law requires the amount to be made public.
Under the settlement, the district paid $122,315 to the girl and her family and $62,685 to the girl's attorney. The district won't say if the settlement was covered by the district's insurance policy. The district also paid mediation and court costs.
The student's lawsuit said the school didn't protect her from a classmate who harassed, assaulted and raped her several times during two school years. The first time she reported a rape, the lawsuit said, school officials didn't believe her, made her apologize to the boy, and suspended her from school.