Chicago Public Schools settles lawsuits with two families.

Two families will receive settlements from Chicago Public Schools because the school failed to protect two disabled boys.

Two families will receive settlements from Chicago Public Schools because the school failed to protect two disabled boys. Not only did Chicago Public Schools fail to protect the two boys after finding out that they were raped, but CPS fought back against the parents of the boys! CBS reported, “Both sons are Chicago Public Schools students with disabilities, and the families sued the district – only for CPS to fight back”.

The boys were raped in a bathroom by another student at William J. Bogan Computer Technical High School. The parents filed lawsuits in 2018 after the two victims reported to their parents that they had been “hurt”. Carolyn Daley, the lawyer for both the students told CBS that officials never told the teachers or aides that the offending student was accused of sexual assault. “He ended up sexually assaulting another cognitively disabled child in the bathroom at Bogan High School eight months later,” Daley said.

“CPS is settling with the families for more than $1.5 million – of which $725,000 will go to the first victim’s family, while $850,000 will go to the student who was then assaulted eight months later. While nothing can change what their children have experienced due to the failures of Chicago Public Schools, this settlement will provide some justice and healing for these victims,” Daley said.

Mary Fergus from Chicago’s Public Schools released a statement:

“Chicago Public Schools (CPS) firmly believes that students who are impacted as a result of a legally-recognized failure on the District’s part should be compensated in a reasonable manner that will remedy injuries to the student. There is a tentative settlement agreement in place that resolves the matter in a way that is fair to the student and to the taxpayers who fund the District.”

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