Federal Lawsuit filed in La Vernia hazing case
LA VERNIA, Texas - A federal lawsuit was filed by the parents of a La Vernia High School football player over recent alleged hazing incidents at the school.
The parents, who are not identified in the lawsuit, are suing the La Vernia Independent School District, superintendent, high school principal, athletic director and team coaches.
Attorney John Ivey, who filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of his clients, says the suit is about civil rights, and it centers around one question – “Did La Vernia I.S.D., La Vernia High School the principal, the athletic directors and coaches involved fail to protect the civil rights of the student athletes in the program?"
The lawsuit alleges the defendants failed to take appropriate corrective action when first learning of the sexual assaults against his client.
"What we have is a pattern of conscience indifference, or neglect, to the rights of the students and student athletes on campus and for that they can be held accountable."
La Vernia I.S.D. is aware of the federal lawsuit and, in a statement, Dr. Jose Moreno, the school district's superintendent, says "We will continue working closely with the authorities as they conduct a full and thorough investigation."
The federal lawsuit seeks monetary damages, as well as asks La Vernia I.S.D. to adopt certain policies and procedures.