WHO IS TEACHING YOUR CHILD?
THE SCHOOL KNEW, DID NOTHING:
In 2008, someone e-mailed the principal at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School with a serious allegation: a creative writing teacher was having sex with current and former students.
It’s unclear if the school district investigated this claim, but it’s clear what happened next: Jason Edward Meyers was allowed to move to Miami Palmetto Senior High School in 2011, where a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Miami-Dade School Board claims he continued to engage in inappropriate relationships with underage female students.
In total, the suit says, Meyers pursued sexually charged relationships with eight of his current or former students at the two schools during his 14 years as a Miami-Dade teacher. He groomed his creative writing students, encouraged them to write sexually explicit content and singled them out to such a public degree, the suit says, that they were known as “Jason’s Girls.”
Among the allegations in the lawsuit, filed this week on behalf of one student who said she was victimized: Meyers told one student to study sexually explicit novels like “Lolita” and emphasized passages about an older man seducing a young girl. The suit describes him giving another student provocative clothes to wear to his class, demanding she break up with her boyfriend and telling her to title a poem she had written, “Come Inside Me.”
In some cases, Meyers’ behavior may have gone beyond sexual harassment. Meyers forcibly kissed and groped the plaintiff in the lawsuit, the suit says, and had sex with another underage student inside his classroom. Meyers was arrested in February 2016 on charges of sexual battery of a minor involving one of the Palmetto students.