Uplift Education Sat on Teacher-Rape Allegations for More Than a Year, Family Claims

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Donald Carter Jr.
A Dallas family says Uplift Education kept a known sexual predator on staff as a teacher for more than a year after learning he raped their teenage daughter.

The rape, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the parents and alleged victim (all identified by pseudonyms), happened on the night of Uplift Hampton Prep's homecoming game in November 2011.

Carter, who is currently charged with sexual assault, had been involved in "other deviant and felonious sexual relationships with other students at Hampton Prep" when he set his sights on the girl. He began a "careful and methodical process of grooming," giving her an inordinate amount of attention in school and calling her and texting her frequently, often after hours, putting increasing pressure on her to have sex.

When the girl, minor and a high school junior, finally consented, news of the relationship spread quickly through the school. It didn't take long for the rumors to reach the ears of Corey Harris, then serving as Hampton Prep's director.

Uplift and Harris' investigation into the incident was "incomplete, incompetent, and wholly inadequate," the suit says, resulting in no disciplinary action against Carter and no help or counseling for the student. Nothing was done to keep Carter from interacting with his alleged victim or any of her classmates.

It wasn't until April 2013, just before Carter was arrested by Dallas police, that Uplift took any serious action, announcing publicly that an unnamed teacher had been placed on administrative leave due to sexual assault allegations.

Uplift Education spokesman Michael Terry said the charter operator has not finished reviewing the suit and declined to offer an official comment. He did say that Carter is no longer employed by Uplift and hasn't been during the current school year.

Update at 3:07 p.m.: In a prepared statement, Uplift CEO Yasmin Bhatia said the student's case was handled properly. "An external review of the situation showed our campus and network teams did everything they should have done. Our hearts go out to our former student and her family. We are going to leave this matter in the hands of the court."

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joshua
joshua

I thought that was just part of the black teacher compensation plan at Jr High and Hi School.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Sounds like this girl is going to have her college education paid for....and hopefully a pretty nice house too.


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

This is another story that leaves me asking, "Why?" - why did the parents just report the alleged rape to the company's lawyers?  Why didn't they go straight to the police?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

I googled the school, this kinda leaped out:

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Heh.

wcvemail
wcvemail

If the lawsuit says that he had his eye on her, that would bring up the question, "Which eye?"

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

Confused as to the timeline here.  He worked at Hampton Prep when the rapes occured, then worked at Uplift?  Worked at Uplift the whole time?  


Minor details, in the overall scheme of things.  I'm just glad he was finally arrested and hope he gets his fair dose of karma while in jail.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

In this story, there's no indication of when the parents became aware of the assault.

I'll say one thing though, if you're not monitoring your young daughter's electronic communications, covertly or overtly, you're dropping the ball.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Now  we need a "groan" button lol...or an Ewww button...

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

@wcvemail  That's exactly what I was thinking but when I read it, I let out a big laugh.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@wcvemail

Presumably, the same eye which picked out his shirt/sweater combo, the one that don't work so well.

missmitchell9597
missmitchell9597

Uplift is the name of the school Hampton prep is one of the campuses for the school. There's one in ft worth, Irving, pretty much all around DFW

leftocenter
leftocenter

Yes, jail karma is often, err, in kind, regarding the offender's crimes.  Seems fair...for a start.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@TheRuddSki

The operative phrase there is "In the story...".

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@leftofcenter

How about a "Yet another shaved-head aggressor in the news" tag?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@leftocenter  if there is one thing everyone, even hardened criminals can agree onis that sex crimes, especially those on children are, universally despised, and handled accordingly once offender is in jail

joshua
joshua

@TheRuddSki looks like a Dallas Police Officer...you know, shaved head and pubiclooking beard.

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