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Student assigned to the homeroom of a teacher who sexually harassed her, lawsuit says

According to a lawsuit, a Lansing High School student was assigned to the homeroom of a teacher who had previously been suspended for sexually harassing her.
According to a lawsuit, a Lansing High School student was assigned to the homeroom of a teacher who had previously been suspended for sexually harassing her. Lansing School District website

The Lansing School District disciplined a teacher for making sexually inappropriate comments to a student and then later assigned that student to the teacher's homeroom, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

According to court documents, chemistry teacher Jacob Baker made a series of sexually charged statements to a female junior in his classroom beginning in September.

Baker allegedly made a joke saying the student was likely to get pregnant that school year. Later in the school year, while the student bounced on a yoga ball, Baker said, "You're a little too good at that."

His comment was heard by other students, who then made their own sexual jokes about the student.

During the fall semester, Baker also allegedly initiated a conversation about the student's ex-boyfriend. He told the student that he didn't like the student's ex-boyfriend and the student replied that she did not like him either.

Baker then told the student that if she still dated her ex-boyfriend when she did not like him, then he "must have been good at laying the pipe."

According to the lawsuit, the student's mother made Principal Steve Dike aware of Baker's behavior in December.

Baker admitted to making the comments and was placed on paid suspension two days before holiday break.

The lawsuit alleges that the student was forced to see Baker at school and on campus multiple times a week, even though she was pulled from Baker's chemistry class.

This April, the suit says, the student learned she had been assigned to Baker's homeroom class, and her mother requested that the student be placed in a different class.

Though the district complied with this request, the lawsuit alleges the district has not properly vetted other claims of sexual harassment and continues to entrust Baker with the supervision of minor female students.

In addition to Baker and the school district, Dike and Superintendent Darrel Stufflebeam are named as defendants.

The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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