A married South Carolina math teacher was arrested for coercing a teen student into performing sexual acts, The Post and Courier reports.
Jennifer Olajire-Aro, 27, was charged with one count of sexual battery with a student. She worked at Burke High School in Charleston as a math teacher and tennis coach.
The student was 17.
In a new lawsuit filed Thursday, the student and his parent accuse the school district of negligence and infliction of emotional distress, seeking damages and payment for medical and health care expenses.
“Defendant CCSD, who has a history of employees engaging in romantic relationships with students, committing sexual acts on students, storing and viewing pornography on CCSD issued computers, and the like, failed to properly inform or train Aro on the policies and failed to properly supervise Aro to ensure she was not in violation of said policies,” the lawsuit says.
“Each time Plaintiff John Doe would dismiss Aro’s advances and requests to perform sexual intercourse with her, Aro would remind Plaintiff John Doe that she alone controlled what grade he would receive in her class,” it said.
In December when the student resisted her advance, the suit continues, Aro “acted on her threat and changed Plaintiff John Doe’s math grade from a 98 to an 89.”