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May 2, 2013

Former PAM student files suit against Orangefield ISD

ORANGE —

A former student at Port Arthur Memorial High School has filed a lawsuit against two school districts and the man she says sexually assaulted her while at PAM.

The plaintiff, listed as Jenny Doe to protect her identity, filed a lawsuit in April against Port Arthur Independent School District, Orangefield Independent School District and Kip McFarlin. 

McFarlin was indicted for having an improper relationship with a student and sexual assault in July 2012. 

Doe’s lawsuit states Orangefield “actually concealed McFarlin’s behavior from an inquiring school district, and lied to the district in order to cover up McFarlin’s abuses.”

Orangefield Superintendent Dr. Stephen Patterson said on Thursday his district believes the lawsuit should not reach a trial.

“The district is aware of a lawsuit being brought against it relating to the alleged conduct of an individual that it has no current connection with at all and who was last an employee of the district more than seven years ago,” Patterson said. “The district takes these allegations seriously of course but does not believe the lawsuit against it has any merit or any basis in the law. The district denies and disagrees with any assertion that it has done anything wrong under the law in this matter and believes this lawsuit should be dismissed. The district looks forward to defending itself vigorously  against this lawsuit but because this is a pending legal matter it will reserve its defense for the court and will refrain from responding to any request for responses with more specific information.”

McFarland has been a familiar name around Southeast Texas since the mid-1990s. 

McFarlin was a teacher and coach at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School from August 1995 to May 1997. He then went to Nederland High School and later coached at Orangefield High School. McFarland’s last education job in the area was at Port Arthur Memorial High School.

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