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Details of Macomb School District Lawsuit Settlement


The Macomb School District is paying $1.5 million to settle the lawsuit filed against it by two former students. Tri States Public Radio obtained a copy of the settlement agreement through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  

The document shows a payment of $1 million was due by July 6, 2020. The remaining $500,000 is due by July 6, 2021.

The agreement also states that the school district denies the allegations in the lawsuit and denies wrongdoing of any kind.

You can read the document here

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in February, 2018 on behalf of two women. It alleged violations of Title IX and asked for $10 million.

The women said that when they attended Macomb High School, a male student sexually assaulted and harassed them repeatedly on school grounds. The women said they reported what happened to them but school administrators failed to take any action.

The women’s names were not released because they were juveniles when the abuse happened. 

The lawsuit identified the male student as the son of a teacher at Macomb Senior High School. 

The school district, Principal John Rumley, and Assistant Principal Ed Fulkerson were listed as defendants in the lawsuit.

Rumley has since retired.

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Rich is TSPR's News Director.