United States District Court, W.D. Oklahoma
M.C., a minor, by and through his father and next friend, TYRONE CAMPBELL, and TYRONE CAMPBELL, Plaintiffs,
HOLLIS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 66 OF HARMON COUNTY, OKLAHOMA a/k/a HOLLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS,, Defendants.
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
J. CAUTHRON United States District Judge.
the July 27, 2017, bench trial in this matter, the Court
issues the following Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.
Defendant Jennifer Caswell was formerly a teacher at the
Hollis Middle School where Plaintiff Micah Campbell was her
eighth grade student and a minor during the 2013-14 school
Micah was 14 and 15 years old during the time in question.
Micah's family described him as outgoing and friendly; he
had many friends and was socially active. Micah played on the
Hollis Varsity Basketball team as a freshman and dreamed of
playing college basketball and joining a National Basketball
Caswell began flirting with Micah at school and students
reported seeing Micah enter Caswell's classroom outside
of his assigned class time. School officials investigated
this claim and other rumors after receiving reports from
students. Both Micah and Caswell denied the allegations and
Micah was sent to in-school suspension.
Caswell and Micah entered into a sexual relationship in April
2014 when they had intercourse in Caswell's classroom.
Shortly thereafter, Caswell resigned her teaching position.
Caswell did not end the relationship with Micah. Micah
testified they had intercourse about 11 more times at various
locations. Plaintiff Tyrone Campbell was unaware of the
relationship and testified he thought Caswell was tutoring
Micah in his home and the rumors were all unfounded.
Tyrone discovered Caswell was visiting Micah while Tyrone was
not home and sent Micah to spend the summer at his
mother's house in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
Caswell drove to Mississippi, picked up Micah, and took him
to a motel. She was arrested and charged with rape in the
second degree, forcible sodomy, and enticing a child under 16
into a secluded place.
Caswell entered a guilty plea to all counts.
Prior to her sentencing, Caswell appeared on national
television on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss the
above-described events. She did not name Micah, but Caswell
did state her sexual relationship was with her student.
Micah reports feelings of depression, isolation, and
self-blame for the events that transpired. He experienced
humiliation when members of his community publically
chastised him and when strangers recognized him and
questioned him about the scandal.
to the notoriety of these events, the Campbell family
transferred Micah to the Cache school district starting with
his junior year of high school. As a result, Micah was unable
to play basketball at Cache and it is unknown whether the
coach will allow him to play his upcoming senior year. It is