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Ware Shoals (South Carolina) grads suing school district over Jill Moore’s employment
Index Journal ^ | June 26, 2008 | CHRIS TRAINOR

Posted on 06/27/2008 5:47:27 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative

A pair of former Ware Shoals High School students have filed lawsuits against Ware Shoals School District 51 and its board of trustees in relation to the district’s employment of ex-cheerleading coach and guidance clerk Jill Moore.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of the two WSHS graduates -- one a former cheerleader, the other a former Hornets’ football player -- by Charleston attorney Lionel Lofton.

“This is a civil lawsuit being brought by two former Ware Shoals High School students,” Lofton said Wednesday.

Each lawsuit levies four causes of action against the district and its board, including gross negligence, gross negligence in the hiring, supervision and retention of Moore, violation of the Public School Safety Act and breach of fiduciary duty.

Ware Shoals School District 51 superintendent Fay Sprouse declined comment on the matter Wednesday, deferring to attorney Duke Highfield, who is handling the matter for District 51.

“I have received the lawsuit and am in the process of preparing a response,” said Highfield, who is also of Charleston.

Moore was arrested in January 2007 and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to minors. She resigned following her arrest. Authorities accused her of providing cigarettes and alcohol to two then-16-year-old Hornets cheerleaders and putting them in an “incredibly inappropriate situation” regarding a sexual relationship Moore was reportedly having with a National Guardsman.

Two Guardsmen were disciplined by military officials for their role in the scandal.

Moore reportedly entered pre-trial intervention earlier this year, a process which, if completed, would expunge her record of any charges.

Moore’s father, Marcus Bishop, was on the District 51 board at the time of her arrest and later resigned his position.

The two students levying the lawsuits are listed in the suit as Jane Doe and John Doe. Jane Doe was reportedly a minor during the timeframe laid out in the lawsuit.

However, John Doe was reportedly not a minor during the timeframe provided. A source close to the suit said John Doe is former Hornets’ standout tailback Tony “Moon Pie” Lomax.

Lofton said the names of the former students involved will be divulged during the discovery portion of the suits.

The lawsuits allege that, during the years of 2005-07, Moore, acting within the scope of her employment at the high school, began inappropriately fraternizing with students, including, but not limited to, Jane Doe and Lomax.

The suits allege Moore, “began subjecting and exposing” the students to inappropriate and indecent activities and situations, including those related to alcohol, tobacco and sex during school hours, at school sponsored events and at other locations where Moore would take, meet or advise the students to be.

The suits allege that, between 2005 and 2007, school district employees or officials were, directly or through their agents, “put on notice” that Moore was engaging in inappropriate or grossly negligent conduct with students.

The suits allege that school officials “failed to act reasonably, proximately and directly,” causing the two plaintiffs to suffer injuries and damages.

The first cause of action in the suits lays out more than 25 ways in which Lofton says the district was negligent or reckless in relation to the plaintiffs, including:

* Failing to have a program or system in place to account for the whereabouts of all students during school hours and after school hours while the students were on the premises.

*Grossly and negligently retaining unqualified and dangerous teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and/or employees after receiving actual and/or constructive notice of their harmful misconduct and dangerous behaviors.

*In employing personnel at Ware Shoals High School who did not know how to recognize improper fraternization between coaches and guidance counselors and students.

*Failing to train the principals, guidance counselors, teachers, coaches and other personnel on the subject of protecting students from sexual abusers or predators.

*Failing to monitor Moore’s improper fraternization with students.

*Failing to comply with the S.C Safe Schools Act.

*Failing to train all school personnel to report any and all acts of possible grooming, sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct between employees and students.

Lofton said the defendants in the case will likely file an answer to the suit within 30-60 days. After that, it could be 12-18 months before the case goes to trial, unless there is a settlement beforehand.

Lofton is a former federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office. In a previous case, he represented 17 students in Henderson County (N.C.) who were allegedly molested by a teaching assistant. In that case, the Henderson County school board settled for $1.78 million.


TOPICS: Education; Local News; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: cheerleaders; education; lawsuit; notthathot; schoolboard; sex; southcarolina; teachers
Seems like a bogus law suite considering the age of the students involved.

On a related matter, Jill Moore is NOT GUILTY!!!


1 posted on 06/27/2008 5:47:28 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative
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To: Abbeville Conservative; lesser_satan; jasoncann

Not Guilty


2 posted on 06/27/2008 6:05:48 AM PDT by JRios1968 ("If you go over a cliff with all flags flying, you are still going over a cliff"--Ronald Reagan)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
NOT GUILTY!
3 posted on 06/27/2008 6:07:46 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Abbeville Conservative
On a related matter, Jill Moore is NOT GUILTY!!!

Need a cleavage shot to determine that...............

4 posted on 06/27/2008 6:15:28 AM PDT by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Guilty, but no jail time due to hotness. The legal term for this is “The Debra Lafave Incarceration Exemption”.


5 posted on 06/27/2008 7:15:11 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Abbeville Conservative

If the school failed to exercise the oversight it should have then the suit is hardly bogus. I hear complaints about how bad public schools are but when someone demands they do what they should a raft of garbage is floated out.


6 posted on 06/27/2008 7:31:06 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: snarks_when_bored

COMMUNITY SERVICE!


7 posted on 06/27/2008 7:39:17 AM PDT by catman67
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To: catman67

On you?


8 posted on 06/27/2008 7:42:40 AM PDT by bmwcyle (If God wanted us to be Socialist, Karl Marx would have been born in America.)
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To: catman67
COMMUNITY SERVICE!

Yep. She'd be perfect for a Community Outreach program...

9 posted on 06/27/2008 7:47:56 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: Abbeville Conservative

You guys are unbelievable. By the remarks here so far, I suspect you are men, and hey, I get the joke. But if this perp too were a man who did these things they would have already castrated him. Be fair.


10 posted on 06/27/2008 8:21:37 AM PDT by SaintDismas (.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

It sounds like they’re trying to keep her from being turned loose without even a record. If this were my school district, I’d be on a street corner with a sign naming names and acts ... particularly the school board’s, principals’, and HR supervisors’ names.

And that is an ugly woman. I don’t care how much hair bleach and makeup she’s used.


11 posted on 06/27/2008 9:09:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. We're basking - how about you?)
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To: Tax-chick
She may have an ugly soul but she is not an ugly looking woman. This is her mug shot pic.


12 posted on 06/27/2008 9:19:02 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Just a bitter South Carolinian clinging to my religion and guns.)
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To: wequalswinner

This is a running joke on FR. Take a look at any of the threads on these cases. They are decided by the FR jury on looks alone. That said, NOT GUILTY.


13 posted on 06/27/2008 12:05:44 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I told you I get the joke and laugh we must to remain sane. But the issue of female predators on high school males isn’t really funny to me and I find it hard to see any humor in these cesspools we call our public schools. Two of my children are boys now grown men. They had enough problems growing up without bitches in heat (TEACHERS?) like this contributing to them.


14 posted on 06/27/2008 12:30:55 PM PDT by SaintDismas (.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

ping for later


15 posted on 06/27/2008 12:33:49 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

This picture shows, as the other one did, an ugly mouth, an ugly nose, and stupidly-plucked eyebrows.


16 posted on 06/27/2008 12:51:41 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. We're basking - how about you?)
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To: wequalswinner

I take it you are a mother. The men on this forum have a different take on this issue, having been teenage boys themselves at some point. I guess I have to say that it’s a guy thing.


17 posted on 06/27/2008 2:21:02 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Whatever, you’re just debasing yourself by being so shallow.

BTW, those aren’t exactly men in that high school and if you had any decency, you would concede my point that these are the types of exploitation that can ruin people’s lives. That young piece of meat that you’re drooling over has already ruined hers. She will now be dragged through the mud in that lawsuit with all the crap that she did being dredged up again for the whole world to see and I doubt that she will keep her job and declared “not guilty”. It will haunt her at every other job interview she ever has from here out.

And if I’m wrong about that and does not happen, and more “enlightened” views prevail and she is retained, well then her debauchery is celebrated and a green light goes off for others who have similar motives or inclinations.

What the heck, it’s all in fun, what’s a little alcohol, drugs and sex in high school.


18 posted on 06/27/2008 6:06:22 PM PDT by SaintDismas (.)
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To: wequalswinner
It took me years to get this shallow, I will admit it. As for debasing myself, I don't think so.

I was merely trying to explain to you the attitude of many of the male posters on this board. I will reiterate, having been teenage boys themselves, men see things differently. You are a mother. I will never be able to see relationships the way you do, I grant you that. As a woman, I'm sure you feel far more deeply about these things than the average shallow man like myself.

That said, before you make this jump, I do believe that male teachers who engage in this activity should be prosecuted to the full extent. They are evil predators. Do I subscribe to a double standard? Yup. Am I a hypocrite? I don't think so.

19 posted on 06/28/2008 5:19:26 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

I shouldn’t have made this personal to you, I don’t know you from Adam.

And yes, there are differences between men and women in attitudes about sex. Wow, what a concept. And some attitudes sir, are quite innocent and nothing to make a big hubub about. It’s just when these some of these “innocent” or “guy” attitudes that somehow I just don’t get, seeps like garbage into these kid’s minds and destroys any sense of sacred that I get riled up. Real riled up.

You see, I believe that sex is holy and attitudes like yours can and do create such a destructive force on impressionable young minds that they are forever ruined and can never see sex as the good thing that it is. It becomes a hurtful debased “thing” that some people can never shake later on in life. They ruin themselves and others.

You’re probably thinking I have must have personal experience with this. And as a mother I might have a different opinion on these matters. I’ll agree with you 100% on that! BTW, I am a mother who cares about my children. Imagine that. I just might know better than you. But now that they’re gone, all I can do is give them to God’s care and pray. Pray for them and their childrn that they will never be preyed upon by male or female dogs that will devoure their innocence. All starting with attitudes like yours, women are toys to be played with and sex is a game. All so innocent.


20 posted on 06/28/2008 7:16:54 AM PDT by SaintDismas (.)
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To: wequalswinner
Oh, wow, are you off base.

You wrote: "attitudes like yours...women are toys to be played with and sex is a game." Where did you get that? Show me where I stated that attitude or intimated that I believed that. You don't know what my attitudes are regarding women or sex from what I have written, don't pretend that you do. We are talking about female teachers having relations with their male students.

In fact, if you read my last post you will see that I am vehement about punishing male teachers who prey on their charges. Did you read that part? Or is your reading selective?

Once again, see if you get it this time because I will not repeat myself. I was simply trying to explain to you the view of some male freepers on this subject. They come to this view basically because they once lived the life of a teenage boy. You might not understand this so I will lay it out for you, the vast majority of teenage boys have fantasies about their (older) female teachers. It has to do with their hormones and the boredom inherent in high school. The male mind is not really good at controlling these fantasies. That doesn't mean he condones them or will try and act them out.

When some male freepers see a news article like this, their first reaction is: "attaboy, too bad I couldn't get some of that action when I was your age." Is that a prurient attitude? Perhaps, but a lot of us never grow up.

Another thing you don't seem to understand is that fathers have different attitudes towards the "innocence" of their sons and daughters. I'm happy for you that you want to maintain your children's innocence. It is very difficult in this society, I know that. Fathers want their daughters to be innocent forever and it pains them to realize that one day that little girl will become a woman.

Sons, however, are entirely different. It is not a pleasant world out their and many fathers, this one included, want their sons to lose their naivete sooner rather than later. We raise our sons to be independent, responsible, realistic, and, yes, experienced. Forty year old male virgins can get eaten by wolves and there are a lot of wolves in the world.

Sorry, if my words seem harsh, but your assumptions about my attitudes p***ed me off.

21 posted on 06/28/2008 8:12:23 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Good.  You piss me off too.  So we’re even now.  And you’re still wrong, your attitude sucks about sex in general but I agree with you, some of you just can’t grow up. 

You say that you have a double standard about female teacher predators who have acted out like the one you’re drooling over.  Somehow bedding down with the young men she’s whoring around with isn’t on equal footing as to the damage done?  Excuse me?  Their views on sex then slide down to the level where you put it and sex is nothing more than a cheap thrill for these kids, oh how cute.  Sorry, don’t YOU pretend with me, you don’t have to come out and say what you really mean and think for me to discern it from the few words you did speak.

The innocence I’m speaking of is before God Himself.  Better for a man to have been a 40 year old virgin than to be forever separated from God.  If He meant for us to behave as animals then He’d be so pleased about the state of affairs.  I don’t think so.

I am proud of my sons.  They are real men.  My oldest is a Marine, my youngest is in culinary school in Dallas.  They are both in stable relationships with good girls, do not engage in pre-marital sex and are very very happy.  They grew up knowing the difference between right and wrong and the right place sex has in their lives.  One of my daughters is in a stable relationship although she is shacking up which distresses me terribly, but she is with one man.  The other one is a mess and some of that is due to some terrible decisions made about yes, SEX. Dear God I hope she is happy some day, it’s just going to be so much harder. Hard, hard, hard. And no, you’re right, you’ll never understand what a woman’s perspective is because you don’t listen.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t care that you have fantasies or what they are, or that you think this or that woman is a hottie. I just think that you oughtta think twice before sharing them, especially in this context discussing this subject. (Lust filled women on a sex rampage with high school teenagers)


22 posted on 06/28/2008 8:53:08 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: wequalswinner

Excellent rant, if I may say so.

I’ve noticed on these female-criminal threads that, if the woman is skinny, she’s Not Guilty, unless she looks like a drugged-out hag. A woman who’s overweight is guilty. Deep reasoning, huh?


23 posted on 06/28/2008 9:46:12 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. We're basking - how about you?)
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To: Tax-chick

I love you Tax chick. I just knew there were like minded women on here!

I’m not offended at men being men. But I do mind it when folks just don’t get how this kind of thing is just as demeaning and damaging to young men (IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR GOD’S SAKE) as well as young women and to make light of it and sneer and snicker about how funny it is, well it’s just wrong. Respect is key here and there is so damn little of it.


24 posted on 06/28/2008 2:34:37 PM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: wequalswinner

There are other like-minded women, and some men, too.

I agree with all your points, and I’ve made most of them myself, here and there. And when you see the same men complaining that women don’t have any respect for men, you just want to beat your head on the desk. (Rhetorical you ...)


25 posted on 06/28/2008 3:16:20 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets. We're basking - how about you?)
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