Boy Who was Repeatedly Raped at Christian School Told to 'Turn the Other Cheek'
Wealthy private religious school refused to report case to authorities
An exclusive Christian academy for young boys in a wealthy suburb of Tennessee is facing a hefty lawsuit after it failed to report the repeated rape of a child in its care.
The Brentwood School in Nashville is being sued for $60m after a 12-year-old boy reported to staff members that he was being raped repeatedly and the school advised him to "just turn the other cheek".
The mother of the victim has filed the lawsuit after her son was allegedly raped by four older male students accused of "conspiring to engage in male on male sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape upon John Doe in the locker room not supervised by an adult".
According to the lawsuit, "(The boy) would place his penis before John Doe and forcibly penetrated it into the mouth of Plaintiff John Doe without consenting claiming ‘eat it, eat it, eat it, open your mouth, accept it.'"
According to RawStory, The same student is alleged to have bragged he "f—ed that boy up the a*s and stuck a Gatorade bottle in him."
Brentwood Academy Headmaster Curtis G. Masters allegedly told the victim to "turn the other cheek" and that, "everything in God’s kingdom happens for a reason."
The headmaster allegedly said he considered the allegations to be "boys being boys and he could not investigate each of those and run a school."
When the victim’s mother wanted to report the sexual assault to law enforcement, former Brentwood employee Chris Roberts — the victim’s counselor at Daystar Counseling — allegedly responded, “this isn’t how Christian institutions handle these things.”
“In addition to Masters, middle school director Nancy Brasher, administrator and middle school athletic director Buddy Alexander, assistant basketball coach Lyle Husband and sixth-grade basketball coach Mike Vazquez, who is also Masters’ son-in-law, are named as individual defendants in the suit,” the Tennessean explained.
The school’s motto is, “Vivat Veritas” (Let Truth Prevail).