The Barnegat Board of Education has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit for $60,000 in which a school officials were accused by a student of being “willfully indifferent” to alleged acts of sexual harassment committed by one student against another.
BARNEGAT – A Brackman Middle School student was quietly paid $60,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused school administration of failing to rectify alleged incidents of sexual harassment from another student, public records released on December 31st, 2016 revealed.
The Barnegat middle school student, identified only by initials K.K. in court documents, claimed that she was “egregiously and pervasively” harassed by another student while attending Brackman several years ago.
Court filings made on behalf of the student claimed that “numerous complaints” were made to school officials about the alleged incidents, but no action was taken to rectify the situation. Documents filed in Ocean County Superior Court went on to list some of the vulgar names and actions that K.K. was allegedly subjected to while in the care of Barnegat Schools.
The settlement agreement and court records from the case were first obtained by government transparency expert John Paff, whose name often appears in the law books for precedential transparency law cases, and they were first published on his website, NJ Civil Settlements.
The identities of the minors involved were not disclosed, with the case being filed in Ocean County Superior Court in 2014 with the caption K.K. and C.K. v. Barnegat Township Board of Education, et al.
Like most settlement agreements, this agreement contains a confidentiality clause preventing the parties from publicly discussing the details of the case, in addition to a clause in which the board of education disclaims any admission of liability in consideration of paying out the settlement.
Kevin Costello, the out-of-county lawyer who successfully represented the plaintiffs has been counsel for some of the other lawsuits we have reported on here. Costello’s law firm is also the counsel of record for two lawsuits filed against Berkeley Township over allegations of anti-Italian racial slurs made in that township’s tax office.
Court documents below, courtesy of John Paff: