A former 15 year old teenage victim of Los Angeles teacher, Michelle Yeh, 29 has launched a lawsuit against a school after assertions that the minor was exploited at the hands of the since incarcerated teacher.
Jailed in January for four years after the substitute’s teacher role in having sex with two minors and molesting two others, San Pedro High School, the school at which the teacher taught at, is now squaring off against one of Yeh’s victims who have alleged that the education facility bears responsibility for his abuse.
According to cited documents, the youth was plied with expensive gifts, including cash, drugs, an Xbox and even a trip to Disneyland as part of the teacher’s bid to sexually ingratiate herself with her victim.
Which raises the question to what degree is San Pedro High School culpable for the behavior of the teacher, despite much of the abuse taking place off school grounds?
In an exclusive interview with KTLA5, the boy – who was not named for legal reasons – recounted receiving A grades in her science class which he knew he didn’t deserve.
Yeh was hired for a temporary position teaching science at San Pedro High School in early 2015 before contacting young male students after school let out for summer.
Soon after contacting him, the boy said Yeh took him to the movies, tried to hold his hand and gave him $20. A week later she bought him an Xbox 360 and then made her first sexual advance.
Told the minor: ‘She started rubbing my face, calling me cute, handsome. She started kissing me and from there we had sex.’
In his testimony, the student told he felt ‘obligated’ to continue seeing her, during which she treated him like a boyfriend.
This continued for several months, during which they would repeatedly ‘eat, go somewhere, come back, have sex’.
The teen also alleges the teacher having supplied him with alcohol, marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax before having sex.
The boy’s lawsuit claims school officials failed to investigate claims Yeh was grooming teenage boys.
Offered David Ring, the boy’s lawyer, via DailyBreeze.com: ‘Sexual abuse has become an epidemic at LAUSD. This lawsuit is about holding the district accountable for its failure to properly screen, train and supervise its teachers.’
The lawsuit accuses the school of negligence, breach of mandatory duty, and failure to report suspected child abuse.
It states: ‘LAUSD was negligent in the enforcement of policies and procedures aimed at allowing a teacher under its supervision to manipulate and harm youth under the teacher’s supervision.
‘Had [officials] properly investigated, supervised, trained, and monitored Yeh’s conduct and actions as a teacher on campus at San Pedro High School, they would have discovered that she was unfit to be employed as a teacher.’
What do you think? Does the minor have a case against the school? Should a school be held culpable for the behavior of teachers off campus? Or are they equally to blame for failing to be aware where they should have been aware?