District settles case over alleged school camp rape

Seattle Public Schools has settled a claim brought by the family of a teenage girl who said she was raped by a fellow student during a school-led camping trip in November of 2012.

The district will pay the former Garfield High School student $700,000 if the agreement is approved by the school board on October 15.

In a press release, Seattle Public Schools said, "…the settlement does not hold the district liable for the incident," and that the district is working on "…improving overnight field trip procedures."

More: Full release from Seattle Public Schools on settlement, changes

The girl said she was raped while she visited the boy's cabin at a school camp outing in the Olympic National Park. The FBI and park service investigated, but the US Attorney's Office declined to file charges.

"Students were going into each other's cabin all night long," the girl's mother – who asked not to be identified – said in an August interview with KING 5. She said the school district's lack of supervision allowed the male student to get away with rape.

Related: Feds investigate Seattle Schools handling of rape case

Earlier this year the US Department of Education announced that it would investigate the district's handling of the case, following a complaint that was filed by the girl's parents.

The family has since moved out of state.


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