Are we being heard now?

Part two of ‘Can you hear us yet?’: The victim of the alleged assaulter sues the school and the principal announces she is resigning.

After an assembly shown to Oregon City High School students back in early February, the investigation has been opened up to the public.

Graphic by Mallory Cooper

After an assembly shown to Oregon City High School students back in early February, the investigation has been opened up to the public.

Feb. 22 in the Clackamas County Circuit Court an 18 year old senior under the pseudonym Jane Doe that attends Oregon City High School (OCHS) says allegedly that the school district affected her emotionally and invaded her privacy when they showed that video at the assembly. 

The video included a male voice, under the pseudonym John Doe, in a silhouette explaining how he physically and emotionally abused [Jane] Doe. 

In the file Doe reported, “I took my romantic partner captive in probably one of the most vile relationships I could’ve been a part of.” John Doe said. Because of his unmasked voice, many students were able to recognize who was talking. 

The Unity Committee at OCHS is a group of students who make decisions for their school, and host events to bring the school together and solve problems. Aviana Paraolo, who was interviewed in the past article, sponsored the event, and told the administration to not share John Doe’s story. This was ignored and still shown to the school. 

There are four claims of relief; including “Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress,” “Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress,” “Invasion of Privacy – Publication of Private Facts,” and “Negligence.” These are all “ultimate facts” from Jane Doe and why she is suing the Oregon City School District.

“OCSD’s callous broadcasting of John Doe’s admission of abuse and assault upon Plaintiff without notice to or consent from Plaintiff was an extraordinary transgression of the bounds of socially tolerable behavior and her right to privacy.” Jane Doe’s attorney said. 

The female student decided to take action and sue the school for $832,000.

In said, “As stated in the Feb. 22 complaint, members of the school’s unity committee listed as sponsors of the event, did not support showing the video.”

“Our unity committee warned our administration about this story, yet nothing was done,” said OCHSstudent council member and senior Wynter Davis during the Feb. 4 school board meeting. “It’s putting the safety of our students, and the confidentiality and anonymity of our students and the victims that were hurt at risk and that is not OK.”

Earlier in March, Principal Wilhelm announced she is leaving her position as principal at the end of this year. 

“I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I have decided to pursue other opportunities and this will be my last year as the Oregon City High School principal,” she wrote in a March 10 message to the school community, “Reflecting on my time here, I am inspired by our work, our learning, and our accomplishments. I look forward to finishing the year off strong as we continue to work together.” 

Even after she decided her time at OCHS was over, students and parents still protested against the administration saying there is still not enough support for the students.