TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Public Schools is accused of negligence after claims that a student was held down by fellow students and photographed in her underwear.
The lawsuit says the Booker T. Washington student was changing after a basketball game in November of 2011 when two fellow players took the picture of the girl and posted it on Twitter.
According to the lawsuit, the unnamed female member of the BTW girls basketball team was changing from her basketball uniform into street clothes after a basketball game in Sand Springs.
KRMG news had a text conversation with Tulsa Public schools superintendant Dr. Keith Ballard on Wednesday. He told us he can't comment now because of the sensitive nature of the suit. He did tell us TPS "is investigation the allegations."
The defendants, identified in the lawsuit as A.W. and M.G., are accused of grabbing and restraining the girl and photographing her in her panties despite pleas to stop.
The girl's mother called the Booker T. Washington girls basketball coach to complain the next day and was told that the coach would "handle the issue."
The lawsuit goes on to claim that the photo of the plaintiff was uploaded to Twitter where it was retweeted by numerous other Booker T. Washington students, causing the photograph to be seen by a majority of the student body.
The girl and her mother, according to the lawsuit, complained to Booker T. Washington officials, including the Dean of Students and an Assistant Principal, who told the girl and her mother that there was nothing the school could do about the abuse the girl was being subjected to.
According to the lawsuit, the photo remained on Twitter for several weeks which caused embarrassment to the girl and subjected her to bullying.
The lawsuit claims that Tulsa Public Schools is negligent because the district, after being informed of the incident and the subsequent bullying, did nothing after the incident was reported and allowed the continued bullying of the plaintiff.
Twitter is also named in the lawsuit because the social media organization did not remove the photograph for several weeks.
The lawsuit also seeks damages from the basketball players, A.W. and M.G., and the girls' parents.