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Little Chute parent calls for action amidst sexual assault allegations

Posted: 6:18 PM, Jun 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-20 19:18:58-04

A Little Chute parent is starting a petition that calls for a teacher and superintendent to be fired as sexual assault allegations surface.

The parents we spoke with are concerned that superintendent David Botz didn't report the allegations when he learned about them in 2009. That's ten years after Jason La Vigne allegedly assaulted a student in class.

La Vigne is currently on administrative leave.

At a board meeting Tuesday, the district did not take any action against La Vigne or the superintendent.

So now, a parent is starting a petition calling for them to be fired.

She said that if Botz didn't report allegations of sexual assault as a criminal complaint indicates, then he isn't protecting students in the district.

She hopes this petition will start to gather signatures.

"We're hoping to get as many as possible," petition creator Samantha Vander said. "I'm even willing to go door to door in Little Chute to get more signatures and get attention to this, because our schools are supposed to be a safe space for children."

In a statement from a few days ago, Botz said he did investigate the alleged assault but couldn't substantiate any evidence of wrongdoing.

He declined comment after Tuesday's board meeting, and did not return calls for comment related to the online petition.