Skip to comments.Ware Shoals (South Carolina) grads suing school district over Jill Moore’s employment
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 districts 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.
Moores 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 Moores 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 Attorneys 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.
On a related matter, Jill Moore is NOT GUILTY!!!
Need a cleavage shot to determine that...............
Guilty, but no jail time due to hotness. The legal term for this is “The Debra Lafave Incarceration Exemption”.
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.
Yep. She'd be perfect for a Community Outreach program...
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.
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.
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.
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.
ping for later
This picture shows, as the other one did, an ugly mouth, an ugly nose, and stupidly-plucked eyebrows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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