Multiple lawsuits have been filed
against a former Missouri middle school teacher, and the district she
taught in, due to her alleged sexual misconduct with three teen boys.
Lawsuits are now pending in Jasper County Circuit Court not only against
the former North Middle School former teacher, but also against the
Joplin School District.
The Joplin Globe reported that one of the
plaintiffs filed separate suits against the district and Amanda
Schweitzer, 37, who was charged with child kidnapping, first-degree
statutory rape and first-degree statutory sodomy in two counties in
The suits describe incidents of alleged sexual misconduct by Schweitzer
with three former North Middle School students -- all teen boys younger
than 15 -- including incidents alleged to have taken place at the
The school district lawsuit cites the Missouri Human Rights Act,
alleging the district “failed to take steps to prevent sexual assault
and sexual harassment by its faculty.” Schweitzer is accused of
negligent infliction of emotional distress in the petition.
The mother of two of the ex-teacher’s alleged victims brought the
lawsuit against Schweitzer. The suit against the school district also
includes a second plaintiff, the mother of another of her alleged
Matthew Wilson, a
Springfield attorney representing the school district, told the Joplin
Globe on Tuesday the district had no knowledge of Schweitzer's alleged
conduct before receiving a parental complaint and immediately placed
Schweitzer on leave and began an internal investigation.
Wilson said he had not yet seen the suit against the district, which was
filed on Dec. 28. The suit against Schweitzer was filed on Nov. 3, 2017.
Mike Fleming and Ted Kapke, attorneys representing the plaintiffs in
both suits, said in a phone interview with the Globe the suits needed to
be brought separately because the allegations against the school
district deal with public accommodations under the MHRA, and Schweitzer
wouldn't personally have a legal responsibility to uphold those.
In both, three North students are mentioned in the suits as having
received various unwanted sexual advances from Schweitzer.
The suit against the school district alleges Schweitzer began "grooming"
three underage male students at North Middle School in early 2017 by
sending them increasingly suggestive and sexual text and social media
messages, the Globe reported.
In one incident at the school, the suit alleges Schweitzer "ran her hand
through [the student]'s hair and nibbled on his ear. She later messaged
him via Instagram and asked him if he enjoyed it."
Criminal charges against Schweitzer are still pending in the circuit
courts in both Jasper and Newton counties.