The parents of a Muncie second grader have filed a lawsuit against Burris Laboratory School claiming their son suffered repeated sexual abuse from classmates.
The details of the 14-page lawsuit are shocking, the subject matter is disturbing. The suit involves second-graders, but it has everyone at Burris Laboratory School talking. Burris Sophomore Noah Underhill said he could not believe it when he heard the news.
The parents' lawsuit alleges their son was forced to give and receive oral sex almost a dozen times with other boys his age. According to the suit, students were given free reign to library computers. Students allegedly looked at pornography on those computers, then acted out what they saw in the bathroom.
"I just could not imagine that happening," said Underhill. "I grew up here, since kindergarten, and it has been a small close-knit, tight community."
The school, operated by Ball Sate University, issued a statement regarding the suit. The school acknowledged there was a reported incident last December but argues that the lawsuit does not look anything like the findings of the school's investigation.
As you might imagine, the whole school is talking about what reportedly happened.
"I was thinking, second graders really?" said Calvin Heintzelman, freshman.
This battle is just beginning. The parents said they are fighting the "horrific sexual abuse" their son endured.
The school said: "From this point forward, the university will vigorously defend these unwarranted allegations."
The family, named as John and Jane Doe in this suit, want this case to go to a jury trial in Delaware County.