An exclusive private Christian school in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee is accused of covering-up up the repeated sexual assaults of a 12-year-old boy.
The Brentwood Academy is being sued for $60 million for allowing 4 eighth-grade bullies to repeatedly sexually assault a sixth-grade student, reported Bob Brigham of Raw Story.
Four male students are alleged to have “conspired to engage in male on male sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape upon John Doe in the locker room not supervised by an adult,” according to the lawsuit. “(The boy) would place his penis before John Doe and forcibly penetrated it into the mouth of Plaintiff John Doe without consenting claiming ‘eat it, eat it, eat it, open your mouth, accept it.’”
The same student is alleged to have bragged he “f—ed that boy up the ass and stuck a Gatorade bottle in him.”
Brentwood Academy Headmaster Curtis G. Masters allegedly told the victim to “turn the other cheek” and that, “everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason.”
The headmaster allegedly said he considered the allegations to be “boys being boys and he could not investigate each of those and run a school.”
Despite these previous comments, Masters responded to a request for comment with an emailed statement that said:
“Our highest priority is the safety and protection of our students. We take any allegation involving our students very seriously. We responded immediately and fully cooperated with authorities when we became aware of concerns in 2015. We are obligated to maintain confidentiality in any legal matter. Out of respect for all parties involved, and based on the advice of our legal counsel, we are unable to discuss details at this time.”
When the victim’s mother wanted to report the sexual assault to law enforcement, former Brentwood employee Chris Roberts — the victim’s counselor at Daystar Counseling — allegedly responded, “this isn’t how Christian institutions handle these things.”
“These allegations are still under investigation by the Brentwood Police Department and the District Attorney’s office,” Plaintiff’s attorney Roland Mumford said in a statement.
“We hope this will help protect children in private school where Title IX does not apply and citizens will become more aware of Tennessee’s Mandatory Report Statute that requires everyone to report child abuse.”
The seemingly hypocritical motto of the school is, “Vivat Veritas” (Let Truth Prevail).
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)