Parents sue McLoud Schools after sex abuse scandal
MCLOUD, Okla. – McLoud Public Schools could be in some new legal trouble. Former McLoud school teacher Kim Crain is facing multiple charges along with her accomplice, Gary Doby.
Authorities say the two shared pornographic photos of Crain’s students over the internet.
Monday, the families of 10 alleged victims filed a civil suit against the district.
They claim school leaders failed to effectively safeguard the kids.
Some of the alleged activity took place inside the Crain home.
More disturbing, a number of alleged sex crimes occurred inside her McLoud classroom.
“These are things that should’ve been noticed by administrators. When they weren’t, they were allowing those things to continue to happen,” attorney Joe Vorndran said.
The civil lawsuit filed against the district by Vorndran states, “McLoud had a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition.”
“The school turned a blind eye and did not have a presence in the classroom from an administrative standpoint,” Vorndran said.
In addition to the school district and Crain herself, the civil suit also names Gary Doby, a man known as “Uncle G,” who prosecutors allege would skype with the female victims in the classroom.
In response to the scandal, the district has made some changes to their internet policies.
Those include hiring a new internet filtering company, drafting an online policy signed by all staff and they’ve even installed nine additional classroom windows.
Too little too late, according to the victims’ attorney.
“All of this could’ve been prevented with proper monitoring,” Vorndran said.
Officials with McLoud Public Schools did not have any comment on the lawsuit.
The civil lawsuit represents 10 families.
The district attorney has named at least 15 victims.
It’s possible more victims will be added to the civil suit over time.