Teacher sues Utah school district, claiming retaliation for reporting allegations of student sexual harassment

PARK CITY, Utah (KSTU) — A former Utah elementary school teacher is suing a school district for what she believes is retaliation for reporting sexual harassment.

Kathy Moore says she was just trying to help her students by reporting the incidents on their behalf, but now she’s suing the Park City School District.

Moore was teaching Year 5 at Parley Park Primary School in December 2020 when she was approached by some of her students, who confided in Moore about sexual harassment.

“This incident was the latest incident in a series of incidents that they briefed me on,” Moore said.

In his lawsuit, Moore said that after reporting the incident to his superiors, the school principal then asked Moore to inform the parents of the girls who were allegedly harassed and the boy accused of harassment, which she said she did.

Two weeks later, Moore said the principal asked her to separate her class by gender — boys on one side of the room, girls on the other.

Then, just over a month later, in January 2021, Moore was transferred to Trailside Elementary School and given the title of “permanent substitute teacher.” In April 2021, the district decided not to extend Moore’s contract for the following school year.

Additionally, Moore claims she was “blacklisted” and the district refused to hire her for “many vacancies for which she was qualified.” Moore has been a teacher for 25 years.

“These students are in my care every year, and that comes with the responsibility of making sure those students are safe,” Moore said. “I would do it again and again and again, I would report and protect my students in my charge.”

A spokesperson for the Park City School District said that since this is ongoing litigation, the district will not comment.

No additional information was available.

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