UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INVESTIGATE SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT IN SIOUX CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
(Sioux City, Iowa) Wednesday, July 15, 2020 Families United Action Network, (familiesunite.org), announced today that both the United States Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Education will be investigating the sexual assault of a former pre-kindergarten student at Leeds Elementary School last year.
FUAN Family Participants, Chad and Malynda Krastel, reported the assault last year and spent several months following reporting protocols to report the assault. The Krastels also found it necessary to hire legal counsel. FUAN attorney Rosanne Plante says the case arises from the report made by the Krastels that their minor child, who was four years old at the time, was subject to sexually inappropriate behavior by a then six-year-old child during an after-school program at Leeds Elementary School.
The Krastels followed all the required reporting tasks and were told by a committee of the Sioux City Community School District Board of Directors that no investigation would be conducted. Furthermore, the School District found they had handled the matter correctly. The Krastels appealed that decision to the State Board of the Iowa Department of Education on May 11, 2020. The Sioux City Community School Board filed a Motion to Dismiss the appeal. On July 10, 2020, the Board of the Iowa Department of Education overruled the Motion to Dismiss and ruled the Board of the Iowa Department of Education does have jurisdiction to hear the Krastels’ appeal.
At the same time, the Krastels also filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education against the Sioux City Community School District alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and retaliation. The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights conducted an evaluation in accordance with the OCR’s Case Processing Manual and on July 15, 2020, determined an investigation of the Krastels’ complaint should be publicly opened.
Chad Krastel stated, “I along with my attorneys Rosanne Plante of Hinton, IA and Bruce Johnson of Des Moines, IA, hope this matter can be resolved for the well-being of my child and the entire student community. What has happened is a clear violation of trust by the school district and a violation of our daughter’s rights.”
OCR is responsible for enforcing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. Section 1681, and its implementing regulation, 34 C.F.R. Part 106. Title IX prohibits Discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity operated by a recipient of Federal financial assistance. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for certain protected activities.
As a recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Department, the Sioux City Community School District is subject to Title IX.
FUAN has been actively supporting parents’ rights in areas of parenting needs and is encouraged by the progress in this important case.
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