TULSA - A former student of Grove Public Schools has filed a lawsuit alleging school officials did nothing to prevent beatings and harassment he allegedly received at the hands of other students.
Superintendent Tom Steen declined comment on the federal lawsuit Michaele D. Bullis filed seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
Beginning with his enrollment at Grove High School, during Bullis' sophomore year, the alleged verbal assaults escalated to sexual attacks and death threats, the lawsuit contends.
On Nov. 8, 2005, Bullis was attacked by another student during a lunch period at Grove High School. He was knocked unconscious, suffered cuts to his face and his teeth were broken, the lawsuit indicates.
School teacher Dennis Millican was supervising students at the time of the incident.
Buillis' lawsuit contends that Millican not only failed to protect Bullis during the attack, but didn't offer any aid afterward either.
During the fall semester of 2004, Bullis alleges a group of fellow students attacked him as he attempted to make his way to art class.
The students threw wadded paper goods, candy bar wrappers and erasers at Bullis and shouted abusive, sexually related epithets in addition to threats as he walked to class. Someone threw a pencil at Bullis and, according to the lawsuit, the lead stuck in his forehead, breaking beneath the skin.
School officials did nothing, Bullis contends, to stop the inappropriate actions that included unwanted backrubs accompanied by inappropriate stroking of the plaintiff's neck and throat, blowing in his ear and grabbing his genitals.
An honor student, Bullis lost substantial amounts of school time and said he was forced to transfer to a safe environment, the alternative school.
Consequently, Bullis maintains he was denied graduation with honors and wants that status returned.
In addition to Millican, Bullis alleges that Steen and principals Mike Teel and Renee Dozier failed to take meditative, corrective and preventive steps, including those prescribed by state statutes, to address or prevent the harm.
Bullis' lawsuit maintains that, in addition to the above staff named, school board members Jerry Crossley, Randall Fidler, Larry Harris, Annie Maxson and Jim Rutter didn't educate faculty and students about the district's policies and procedures, or provide training to prevent future instances of sexual assault and battery, harassment or discrimination.
Steen referred media queries to the school's law firm, Tulsa-based Rosenstein Fist and Ringold. Their attorney didn't return a call on Friday requesting comment.