The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that a case involving an Alabama student was in violation of Title IX, the law ending sexual discrimination in any federally funded educational institution. This decision reverses a 2013 ruling that stated that Sparkman Middle School in the Madison County School District did not violate the sexual discrimination law when a teacher’s aide forced a 14-year-old student to go into the bathroom to lure a known sexual predator who was inside. The alleged attacker reportedly sodomized the girl, identified as “Jaden” by CNN. Wednesday’s decision ruled that the aide used the girl as bait to catch the alleged predator and that administrators used “deliberate indifference” in response to those allegations. After this ruling, the student can now sue the school district, reported Alabama.com. Although the case was only just overturned, the Alabama rape bait case violated Title IX, and here’s why.
The ACLU outlined Title IX’s requirements, and to be honest, they’re pretty darn clear. In the outline, the ACLU stated that the 1972 law used direct language against “deliberate indifference.”
The Supreme Court has ruled that a college or university receiving federal funding may have to pay damages to the victim of student-on-student sexual harassment or assault if the victim can show that the college acted with ‘deliberate indifference to known acts of harassment’ in its programs or activities.