BYRON CENTER, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Byron Center High School student has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school district and school officials.
The former student’s lawsuit claims the district did not do enough to protect her from a former teacher and coach.
Former Byron Center High School math teacher and girls varsity basketball coach Glenn Davis, 43, was sentenced in 2013 for having sex with a student.
Davis is now serving 10 to 40 years in prison.
The victim, now a legal adult, alleges in the lawsuit school officials “were told by multiple sources that Davis’ interactions with her were likely predatory, but they declined to investigate, report to Child Protective Services, inform her parents, or take steps to protect her.”
The lawsuit also claims it was known by others Davis had “multiple inappropriate relationships and contacts with students,” in the years leading up to the incident that sent him to prison.
Several pages of allegations show the victim felt her desire to play high school basketball was used by Davis as a tool to groom her for sexual abuse.
The lawsuit also alleges at one point school officials wanted to view text messages on the victim’s phone but as the victim approached the administration’s office Davis intervened, asking her to erase all of the messages the two had shared. According to the victim the administration then viewed her phone and it was returned to her.
Despite concerns at the school and the victim’s age, 15, at the time, the lawsuit claims the school did not notify her parents after asking about possible text messages on her phone.
The victim is seeking $5 million.
The Byron Center Public Schools board of education, the high school principal, the assistant principal and the school district are all listed on the lawsuit.
24 Hour News 8 did contact Byron Center Public Schools but their offices were not open due to summer hours.