Metro Schools still fighting sexual assault lawsuits

Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 1:31am

Attorneys for Metro Nashville Public Schools are fighting efforts by two families claiming the alleged sexual abuse of their children on special needs buses to obtain data on district-wide bus assault.

The families of two special education students, one 12-year-old girl and one 9-year-old boy, sued the district starting in October 2006 after their children reported being sexually assaulted on Metro Schools buses.

Attorney for the family, Gary Blackburn, said they are still trying to get information from the school district regarding the number of school bus assaults district-wide, information that was provided to the The City Paper via an open records request in September 2007 and subsequently published in a news story.

The cases, both in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, are waiting to move forward pending the release of information.

According to court documents, attorneys for the school district claim that during litigation, both parties should utilize the discovery rules of court to obtain documents, rather than open records requests. They have declined to provide copies of the information.

A criminal case involving a 19-year-old special education student charged with one count of child rape involving the 9-year-old student goes to court next week.

Kolby Harris is scheduled to appear before court for a discussion date Jan. 9. He was charged with child rape and arraigned in November 2007.

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By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 7:00

The citys legal services needs serious investigation if not a shake up.

By: artsmart on 12/31/69 at 7:00

There is absolutely no accountability in this City and State at any level.. If this case stays in Federal Court the information on the total lack of controls of any government agency will be appalling. As the parent of one of these children I cannot figure how they have been able to ignore so many Laws and not been sanctioned. Just remember that your new Mayor was head of the City Legal Department so keep that in mind when he talks about fixing the Schools. I was told by his office that they would not talk to us until the case was over or dropped. Makes you wonder how serious they really are about making changes and improvements