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CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Concerned parents of a third grader from Jim Stone Elementary filed suit in the Faulkner County Circuit Court for failure to report sexual abuse.

The lawsuit claims representatives of the school district and Jim Stone Elementary failed to report to the Conway DHS sexual abuse between students that occured during school hours on campus in the 2011 school year.

The lawsuit also names Superintendent, Greg Murray, Assistant Superintendent Carroll Bishop, Director of Administrative Services K.K. Bradshaw, Principal Mark Lewis, School Counselor Linda Jackson and teacher Karen Carney.

The School District and its employees knew of the abuse and failed to report it to the DHS hotline. In accordance with Arkansas law, as mandated reporters, which include teachers, principals, counselors, and school officials, they have a duty to immediately report the incident to the DHS hotline if any reasonable cause to suspect that sexual abuse has occurred. 

Senator Percy Malone of Arkadelphia drafted the state mandated reporter laws.

"I worked very hard to make the law clear. If you are a school teacher, counselor, principal, superintendent, if you work in the school system, the first thing you should do is call the Child Abuse Hotline," Malone says.

"It doesn't have to be confirmed. If you suspect it, you should report it immediately. Simple, that's the end of it."

The lawsuit also includes intentional infliction of emotional distress for revoking a school waiver without just cause and placing the child back in the school where she was victimized and bullied, as well as negligence in enforcing the anti-bulling policy and sexual harassment policies adopted by the school.

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