The parties in a federal sexual harassment lawsuit by a former student and her mother against Cimarron-Ensign USD 102 and Principal Jara Wilson are urged to reach a settlement.
On Friday, the U.S. District Court issued a scheduling order that gives the plaintiffs - Jane Doe, a minor, through her mother, Mary Doe - until Dec. 20 to submit a settlement proposal. The school district and Wilson have until Jan. 7, 2019, to offer a counter-proposal.
Mediation is slated to be completed by April 5, 2019. Ultimately, a jury trial in Kansas City will commence June 1, 2020, if a settlement is not reached.
This fall, the school district, and Wilson, principal of Cimarron Junior/Senior High School, were accused of not addressing claims of sexual harassment by Jane Doe and her mother. The lawsuit described alleged actions by a boy who was a classmate of Jane Doe, and the alleged reaction by Wilson.
Jane Doe claimed she was touched inappropriately and was called a “‘slut’” when she did not want to be his girlfriend. She also claimed she was harassed on social media. She switched to another school district for 2017-2018, but the harassment and retaliation continued, the suit claims.
In the joint legal response from USD 102 and Wilson, the principal said the plaintiff first disclosed she was subjected to bullying during the last week of the school year. Wilson denied she advised the girl’s mother to “‘lay low’” and “‘wait it out for the summer.’”
The plaintiffs are seeking damages in excess of $75,000, plus coverage of legal expenses.