A new lawsuit claims that a Florida high school teacher groomed and sexually molested at least eight of his female students—and though administrators knew about the allegations beginning in 2008, the teacher apparently did not face disciplinary action.
Jason Edward Meyers, a creative writing teacher, worked in two Miami-Dade high schools over 14 years, in which time he allegedly pursued sexual relationships with eight of his current or former students, The Miami Herald reported.
Meyers allegedly called his victims “Jason’s Girls” and encouraged them to read sexually explicit books like Lolita, in which an older man has a sexual relationship with a prepubescent girl. The lawsuit claims he asked one girl to break up with her boyfriend, wear provocative clothes to class, and told her to title a poem she had written “Come Inside Me.”
The suit claims that Meyers forcibly kissed and groped a plaintiff in the lawsuit, and had sex with another underage student while they were in his classroom.
And, the suit claims, his wife—also a teacher at the high school—argued with him on school grounds about his relationship with one of his female students.
Disturbingly, the suit claims that the Miami-Dade school system took no action against Meyers, even after they received an email in 2008 alleging inappropriate behavior by the teacher.
“As alleged, the School Board knew that Mr. Meyers posed a serious risk of sexual abuse against our community’s children. Yet it did virtually nothing to stop him,’’ said attorney Mark Schweikert, who helped file the suit, to the Herald. “Instead, the School Board merely relocated the risk posed by his predatory behavior from one school to another.”
Meyers was arrested last year on charges of sexual battery of a minor for his alleged behavior with one of his students. He was fired after the arrest.
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