MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – Nearly a dozen members of the Mason Public Schools community were questioning how a boy accused of sexual assault was allowed to return to the district during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.
The meeting comes after a federal lawsuit was filed last Friday, alleging the boy was expelled following a Title IX investigation. Several months later, he was allowed to return to the same school as the surviving teenager.
One of the parents who lobbied board of education members was Sarah Enstrom.
“This could have gone many different ways and it is infuriating as a survivor of sexual assault that the Mason school district failed us in this way,” she said.
were some of the harsh words shared as nearly a dozen people shared their concerns, including Enstrom’s daughter, a student in the district.
“I just hope they can do better because I know they can do better than that,” he said.
Federal law limits what public school officials can share about student records.
While the state of Michigan has released guidance for expelling and reintegrating students from public schools, Mason school board members did not comment on what the reintegration process is.
“I will not be able to comment and will direct comments to our administrative offices,” said Christopher Mumby, president of the Mason Public Schools Board of Education.
The lawsuit also alleges that the boy was allowed to return because of his parents’ position in Ingham County government. Something all district officials 6 News asked declined to comment on.
However, after the meeting, Superintendent Gary Kinzer responded to multiple questions from 6 News in a written statement.
“While we appreciate WLNS’ request, Mason Public Schools cannot disclose information or comment on active legal matters. “We value our relationship with the media and look forward to opportunities to comment on future stories.”
6 News reached out to the boy’s family’s attorney Wednesday via email and text message but has not yet received a response.