Michael J. and Alecia Flood are the parents of a teenage boy identified as T.F. in the 27-page criminal complaint, who they say was “conspired” against by multiple teenage girls who accused him of sexual assault on two occasions, before allegedly admitting that they had lied.
According to the lawsuit, T.F. “was forced to endure multiple court appearances, detention in a juvenile facility, detention at home, the loss of his liberty, and other damages until several of the girls reluctantly admitted that their accusations were false.” The Floods are now seeking unspecified civil damages against the parents of the girls responsible, as well as the Seneca Valley School District, and the office of the Butler Country district attorney, Richard Goldinger.
As a result of the allegations, which began in July 2017, T.F.’s parents claim that their son has been bullied by classmates, to the point where they pulled him out of Seneca Valley High School for homeschooling. An example of the bullying was outlined in the lawsuit, saying that students placed masking tape on T.F.’s back that read “predator,” without his knowledge.
According to Penn Live, in a tape-recorded interview with one of the minors who accused him of a 2017 sexual assault, the student said that she made the claim because “I just don’t like him.” That same student was heard telling other students “that she would do anything to get T.F. expelled.”
Since this lawsuit was filed, it seems that other Seneca Valley High School students are coming to T.F.’s defense — although he is no longer enrolled. On Thursday, a Twitter account run by students at the school announced that they would be putting #WeStand4Flood on the back of their T-shirts for Friday night’s football game.
Reading this story makes me sick to my stomach..this Friday we will show our support for the Entire Flood Family by putting #WeStand4Flood on the back of our Blue Out Shirts to support this amazing family!! #WeStand4Flood https://t.co/qxych9ZUsn
— SV Student Section (@SvStudntSection) October 4, 2018
Photos obtained by Trib Live also show students who taped the words “Justice 4 Flood” on the back of their shirts. The hashtag has since been used by a number of students on both Twitter and Instagram.
— Maddie Rush (@rush_maddie) October 4, 2018
A disgrace that one of the nicest kids, and sincere families in Seneca has to deal with this. Actions like this damage true victims of sexual assault claims, and will make a district attorney double think before bringing charges against a true abuser. #WeStand4Flood https://t.co/Wx2sSoY6PE
— Ryan Senka (@senka33) October 4, 2018
— Gabe Miller (@gabeMiller40) October 4, 2018
#WeStand4Flood These girls deserve to be kicked out of Seneca at the LEAST
— Paul Lopiccolo (@paul_lopiccolo) October 4, 2018
The Seneca Valley School District did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment. However, a spokesperson did provide a statement to Trib Live, defending the district’s actions.
“We feel strongly the lawsuit being filed against the Seneca Valley School District is without merit. We have followed all applicable laws, and we will vigorously defend ourselves throughout the process,” the statement partially read. “The number-one priority of the Seneca Valley School District is the safety and well-being of our students, staff, parents, and volunteers who enter our buildings. We have policies and procedures in place to protect individuals, and we communicate to all employees on these policies and work hard every day to provide a safe and caring learning environment for all.”
According to the news outlet, the school has yet to be served with the lawsuit.
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