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School board sued over rape of girl

Updated: October 24, 2012 3:00AM



A Chicago Public School teacher didn’t do enough to prevent an 11-year-old girl from walking away from her South Side school with a stranger who later raped her, according to a lawsuit filed against the Chicago Board of Education Tuesday by the girl’s father.

The teacher saw the girl from her classroom window at John Cook Elementary being led away from school grounds by her abductor shortly after the start of the school day on May 11, the suit said.

The teacher even called to the girl and took three photos of the girl and the man but didn’t notify authorities, the lawsuit alleged.

She waited until nearly 5 p.m. before telling the girl’s parents about the incident, the suit alleged.

The lawsuit, which states that the girl was “owed a higher duty of care,” seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

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