Amanda Schweitzer, 38, already faces a felony statutory rape charge for having sex with a 13-year-old boy at her home March 29. Her trial is scheduled to begin April 11 in Jasper County Circuit Court.
While the criminal charges took place away from the school, the lawsuit alleges Schweitzer was preying on teenage boys in her classroom and on social media:
In early 2017, Schweitzer began grooming the minors via social media and text message in violation of JSD policies.
As the school year progressed, the messages from Schweitzer to T.C. intensified in volume and became increasingly sexually suggestive.
In or around March of 2017, while at school, Schweitzer ran her hand through T.C.’s hair and nibbled on his ear. She later messaged him via Instagram and asked him if he enjoyed it.
Subsequently, T.C. blocked Schweitzer from communicating with him via social media.
Not to be denied, Schweitzer turned her attention to C.A. and from March 20 – 30, 2017, Schweitzer engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor twice, including once at her home, and engaged in sexual misconduct with C.A. in her classroom on school premises.
At or around the same time, Schweitzer approached J.L., who was a student in her class, and engaged in unwanted sexual touching of the minor.
The lawsuit says the school district "failed to take steps to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment by its faculty," and that students were not told the appropriate channels for reporting sexual harassment by teachers.
District officials should have known Schweitzer was preying on the students, according to the lawsuit.
The sexual harassment of the boys follows a pattern of R-8 officials not dealing with similar situations of assault and misconduct taking place on district premises, the petition alleges.
All three boys suffered from ridicule after the knowledge of the charges against Schweitzer was made public, according to the lawsuit.
The two-count lawsuit alleges "sexual harassment in a place of public accommodation" and "denial of public accommodation based on gender."
The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial.
The lawsuit is the second such action filed against the R-8 district in the past nine months.
In April, a former Joplin High School student who was allegedly sexually assaulted at the school filed a lawsuit, claiming that district officials did little to help her after the February 24, 2016 assault and that district officials were aware that the boy who assaulted her "had engaged in prior sexual misconduct involving female students."
The former JHS student's lawsuit's claim that the district has had "at least nine incidents of sexual misconduct or assault since 2010" is repeated in the lawsuit filed on behalf of the three North Middle School students.
The lawyers representing the boys and their parents, Michael J. Fleming and George E. Kapke Jr. of Lee's Summit and Elizabeth Turner of Joplin, are also representing the alleged statutory rape victim in a lawsuit against Schweitzer, which was filed November 3 in Jasper County Circuit Court, which included the following description of Schweitzer's actions:
In early 2017, Schweitzer began grooming C.A. via social media and text message in violation of JSD policies. On or about March 29, 2017, C.A. was late for the bus and subsequently missed school.
Schweitzer messaged C.A. when she noticed he was not at school. Schweitzer subsequently drove to his home and picked him up without the consent of his mother.
While at her home, Schweitzer engaged in sexual intercourse with C.A. As a result of the encounter, C.A. has been sustained emotional injuries. In addition, C.A. was forced to finish the semester off campus after the encounter with Schweitzer came to light. He subsequently transferred schools.