After a 12-year-old student was raped repeatedly by his classmates, a Christian school refused to report the sexual abuse and told the victim to “turn the other cheek” because “everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason.” The school now faces a lawsuit after trying to cover up the horrifying ordeal this child faced and telling the parents “this isn’t how Christian institutions handle these things” when they wanted the abuse reported to the police.
The child, named as John Doe in the lawsuit to protect his identity, attends Brentwood Academy, a prestigious private school in Tennessee. According to the lawsuit, he was repeatedly abused by a gang of eighth-grade bullies, who were then 14 and 15 years old. I will warn you now, that the details of this case are deeply disturbing and a trigger warning is definitely warranted at this point. Read on at your own risk.
In the court documents, the mother of the anonymous victim, named as John Doe, claims the older students would force their genitals in her son’s face and mouth and sexually harass him in the school’s locker room in front of other students.
One boy allegedly “would place his penis before plaintiff John Doe and forcibly penetrated it into the mouth of John Doe without consenting claiming ‘eat it, eat it, eat it, open your mouth, accept it'”, the lawsuit alleges.
The same student is also accused of having anally raped the then 12-year-old boy. He allegedly boasted to the basketball team that he “f***d that boy up the ass and stuck a Gatorade bottle in him”.
Another student told their parents about the incidents, and that parent then went to Jane Doe, John Doe’s mother. Desperate to protect her child from this ongoing sexual abuse, the mother contacted school administrators, but nothing could have prepared her for their response.
When John Doe went to school headmaster Curtis H Masters for help, he told him he needed to “turn the other cheek and that “everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason.”
When the boy’s mother went to school employee Chris Roberts, a member of Christian counseling ministry Daystar Counselling, for help protecting her son, he told her that “reporting this may not be the best thing to do…. this isn’t how Christian institutions handle these things.”
She then contacted the headmaster herself, who said this was just one of those cases of “boys being boys and he could not investigate each of those and run a school.”
When Masters was asked to comment on the suit, he sang a completely different tune, claiming that he really isn’t leaving his students at the mercy of sexual abusers.
Our highest priority is the safety and protection of our students. We take any allegation involving our students very seriously,” Masters said.
“We responded immediately and fully cooperated with authorities when we became aware of concerns in 2015.”
The suit not only lists Masters as a defendant but also middle school director Nancy Brasher, administrator and middle school athletic director Buddy Alexander, assistant basketball coach Lyle Husband and sixth-grade basketball coach Mike Vazquez, who is also Masters’ son-in-law, as well.
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