A Nevada family is suing their daughter’s school district and several school employees after a teacher allegedly assigned their child an “obscene, sexual activity as a class assignment,” reports KSNV.
Candra and Terrell Evans are bringing legal action against the Clark County School District (CCSD) after their 15-year-old daughter was assigned to perform an obscene monologue in a theater class about a girl coming out as lesbian to her boyfriend.
“She felt very betrayed, and she just cried all the time,” Candra told KSNV. “She didn’t want to get up. She didn’t want to go to school.”
Candra and Terrell said their daughter and other students in her class were given monologues last March to memorize and perform that had been written by other students and approved by their teacher.
Candra complained to the assistant principal at the time, but when her concerns were not appropriately addressed, she publicly raised the issue at a school board meeting on May 12.
“This will be horrifying for me to read to you, but it will give you perspective on how she must've felt when her teacher required her to memorize this and to act it out in front of her entire class,” she began, before proceeding to read the assigned monologue.
“I don’t love you. It’s not you, it’s just your dick," Evans read. "I don't like your dick or any dick, in that case."
She was immediately interrupted, and her microphone appears to have been turned off. A board member asks her not to use that kind of language.
“If you don’t want me to read it to you, what was it like for my 15-year-old daughter to have to memorize pornographic material,” Candra replied.
The lawsuit claims unlawful grooming and abuse of a minor student.
“That teacher abused their authority and required a sexually explicit assignment to be performed,” the family’s attorney Sam Castor told KSNV. “Now, put yourself in the shoes of this 14, 15-year-old girl. She’s in a scenario where she has to perform something that’s against her own family beliefs.”
Both Candra and Terrell feel that the school handled the situation badly from the beginning.
“I still don’t understand how a teacher would think this is okay to ever give this to a kid, knowing that they will be humiliated reading that, having to memorize it,” said Candra.
Candra says her daughter has been in counseling since the incident occurred and while she is still enrolled at the school, she is no longer taking theater class.
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