School District to Answer Lawsuit Allegations - 8 News NOW

I-Team: School District to Answer Lawsuit Allegations

Posted: Updated:
The allegation is that former elementary school teacher Ken McFate has an extensive history of harassing parents, teachers and students. The allegation is that former elementary school teacher Ken McFate has an extensive history of harassing parents, teachers and students.

The Clark County School District will have to answer for its alleged failure to protect a parent from one of its employees.

According to a complaint filed in court, a former elementary school teacher has an extensive history of stalking and harassing women. The district knew about it and did nothing to stop it.

CCSD presented a surprising position in court, given everything that's known about the case. The allegation is that former elementary school teacher Ken McFate has an extensive history of harassing parents, teachers and students.

In response, attorney Dan O'Brien told the judge, "This is a case about a parent who decided to have an affair with a teacher and then it didn't go well." He went on to say, "She now wants the district to give dating advice to married parents."

Judge Kathleen Delaney told O'Brien that she was extremely disturbed by his characterization, and denied the school district's motion to dismiss the case.

The lawsuit stems from incidents involving Andreana Leonard. Leonard served as a classroom volunteer at Bilbray Elementary School and developed a relationship with McFate. The fall-out prompted her to get a temporary restraining order against him, only to learn through court records that she was not the first.

There are half a dozen restraining orders against McFate, revealing a pattern of stalking, harassment and intimidation.

Many of his alleged victims encountered McFate at school.

"I think the judge got to the heart of the matter, which based on the allegations, this is very serious, that this is not a one time incident and that they don't even have a policy to address this, where they have a history of complaints, where they basically just looked the other way or swept it under the rug," said Leonard's attorney Richard Segerbloom.

In addition to monetary damages, Leonard's lawsuit seeks to require the district to enact policies to protect people from district employees who have a history of bad behavior.

Per policy, CCSD does not comment on litigation. McFate retired last summer.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.