A 14-year-old schoolgirl in New York’s Central Park who was filmed masturbating in front of a teacher and a schoolgirl has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the school district.
In the complaint filed Friday in Brooklyn Supreme Court, the schoolgirl alleges that the principal and two other teachers have engaged in a “gross and egregious” breach of privacy and have been in violation of Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination.
The school district declined to comment.
School District of Brooklyn spokesman Joe DePinto told the Associated Press that school administrators have not been made aware of the lawsuit, and that he had not been able to confirm the allegations.
According to the lawsuit filed Friday, the alleged violations occurred in 2015 and 2017, and the students were under 18 at the time.
The lawsuit says that the defendants “knowingly” violated the school’s sexual harassment policy.
In a statement to the Associated News, a spokesperson for the Brooklyn School District said the school “takes allegations of sexual misconduct extremely seriously and has taken proactive steps to address this issue.”
The school said in a statement Friday that it was cooperating with the district’s investigation into the allegations, and added that the district has made several changes to its policies and procedures in order to better protect the students and the school community.