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ACLU Issues Call to Action to Crete High School

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ACLU Nebraska is calling for action from Crete High School after the school allegedly took no action to help a student that reported a problem with a school volunteer.

The school permitted a 52-year-old man, currently awaiting trial for first degree sexual assault of a Crete High School student, to volunteer at the school. It was at the school when his alleged victim saw him.

She says she immediately reported the problem to the school's principal, Tim Conway. She says the principal told her she would just have to deal with it.

"ACLU Nebraska is extremely concerned that a school administrator would be so insensitive to the concerns of a young woman reporting a crime," said ACLU Nebraska Legal Director Amy Miller. "Crete failed to help this young woman. When she reported to the principal, the law says the school should have immediately taken her report seriously and helped her."

ACLU has written to the school superintendent, the Crete school board and the Nebraska Department of Education asking for immediate remedial steps.

Miller said, "The school needs to ensure this will never happen again. Whether it's training for staff, education for the students, or new policies to require taking all reports of assault seriously, Crete needs to step up to the plate. Right now." 

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