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La Vernia sexual assault victim files civil lawsuit against school district

A lawsuit filed under the names John and Jane Doe Tuesday morning, details some of the brutal sexual assaults alleged to have happened in the La Vernia High School locker room.

A lawsuit filed under the names John and Jane Doe Tuesday morning, details some of the brutal sexual assaults alleged to have happened in the La Vernia High School locker room.

"You've got juniors and seniors who will literally tackle, hold down, pull the pants down and sexually assault 14, 15 year old kids," said attorney for the family, Tim Maloney.

These unthinkable acts were referred to as varsity football initiation.

"Came here in the locker room one day, seniors held him down, pulled down his pants and literally assaulted him with a Gatorade bottle, another time it was with the end of a clothes hanger," Maloney said.

This is just one of the victim's stories, but there are reports of many others.

A police affidavit details an offender using the threaded end of a CO2 air tank.

"Every kid from 8th grade going to the 9th grade dreaded it who played sports because they knew it was coming; it was common knowledge," Maloney said.

The suit alleges the athletic director had a talk with the team and told them he had heard about the initiations and also that he had said there would be consequences, specifically, "you won't be able to get a job, no girl will want to date you and you could go to prison, cut it out."

Maloney said he learned there were teachers and coaches who knew and also that the superintendent who recently announced his resignation knew.

An attorney representing La Vernia ISD emailed this statement:

"La Vernia Independent School District was provided with a lawsuit by a former student relating to incidents of alleged hazing/harassment between students. The District has not yet been formally served with the lawsuit, but it appears to have been filed on behalf of the same student as a prior lawsuit which was filed and then dismissed. Before the first lawsuit was filed, the District reported the alleged harassment to law enforcement authorities who investigated the allegations. The District also investigated the allegations and will continue to do so as new information may become available. The District has not yet had an opportunity to review the Complaint in depth in the instant lawsuit, and, therefore, cannot comment on the allegations made in the suit. Based upon the information available thus far, the District has not found evidence that any of its employees were aware of the alleged hazing or harassment until the time it was reported to law enforcement."

"If you look at the La Vernia policy it just simply says we'll notify a principal or we'll notify someone in charge and that's not it," Maloney said. "They have to be notified, the state needs to be notified."

He believes the district policy and the administrators failed the students miserably.

The lawsuit alleges the state was not notified within 48 hours as the law mandates.

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