by Nick Beres
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. - A Williamson County student is suing the school board alleging they failed to protect her from the sexual assault of a bully.
The teen attended Independence High School. According to the lawsuit, a special needs student repeatedly targeted her during the school day.
The suit describes one of the attacks: "He grabbed the student and began to lick her leg and back and later placed his hands around her throat and began strangling and choking her while attempting to lick her face."
"The schools have an obligation to provide a safe place to learn and this school system failed to do that," said Larry Crane, the girl's attorney.
Crane said the school board knew the boy who attacked his client had a violent past at other schools, but he said they still allowed him to enroll at Independence with the understanding the boy would always be supervised.
"That didn't happen," said Cranem. "If it had my client would not have been assaulted."
He is suing on behalf of the girl's family for $300,000.
The school board declined to comment because of the pending litigation.