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In February 2016, Jason Meyers, a creative writing teacher at Palmetto High School in Miami, was arrested. The married father of four allegedly molested several female students.
According to the Miami Herald, a lawsuit filed on behalf of one of his alleged victims against the Miami-Dade School Board states the illegal relationships were well-known around the school, as the alleged female students were referred to as “Jason’s Girls.”
The lawsuit points out that since November 2004, Meyers has been connected to sexual assault complaints and accusations. However, he was simply transferred to another high school. The complaint states, per the Miami Herald:
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As alleged, the School Board knew that Mr. Meyers posed a serious risk of sexual abuse against our community’s children. Yet it did virtually nothing to stop him. Instead, the School Board merely relocated the risk posed by his predatory behavior from one school to another. […] He continued to have unfettered access to female students.
Meyers allegedly performed and received oral sex from a female student at his previous high school, Dr. Michael M. Krop High School, according to the suit, and was also seen interacting with the then-17-year-old girl in a “very personal and intimate fashion” around other students.
According to Local 10 News, Meyers — who has tenure — was accused of sexually abusing other female students several more times before leaving that school in 2006 and/or 2007.
It was then, after he was transferred to Palmetto High School, that a group of his reported favorite female students garnered the nickname “Jason’s Girls” — all of whom were enrolled in his creative writing class.
Per Local 10 News, the suit stated that numerous witnesses saw Meyers spend a significant amount of time with those female students, even walking them to their cars. But the most egregious interactions were those that happened behind closed doors — especially within the doors of his classroom.
According to the lawsuit, he told one of his victims, who was 16 and 17 years old at the time, that her writing was “good, but boring” and instructed her to write “edgier” material.
He allegedly delivered notes to the student during class that read, “I’ve been thinking about you,” and “I want to kiss you,” according to Local 10 News.Screenshot/Local 10 News
From then, the suit claims that Meyers turned physical; he allegedly kissed her, “spread her legs apart, positioned his groin between her thighs, pressed his body against hers, forced his hands underneath (her) clothes, and fondled (her) body.”
The lawsuit also states that he assigned a female student homework from graphic novels like “Lolita” — which centers around a middle-aged man and his “tragic love affair with his 12-year-old” step-daughter.
The suit states he also assigned readings from “Lawns” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented” and “emphasized passages about the courtship of a young girl by an older man, the molestation of a young girl by her father and rape.”
Additionally, he allegedly provided another female student with “provocative” clothes, per the Miami Herald, requested that the student break up with her boyfriend at the time, and disturbingly told her to title a poem she wrote for his class, “Come Inside Me.”
And among the slew of allegations made against Meyers in the suit, it also states that his wife — who is also an educator — knew of some of them. According to the Miami Herald, she confronted him about the accusations during the 2015-2016 academic year, however, it’s unclear how much she knew at the time.
For that matter, it’s also unclear how much the Miami-Dade School Board knew about allegations against Meyers and when it found out whatever information it might have known.Screenshot/Local 10 News
Meyers is currently on house arrest, but the lawsuit — filed over a year after his arrest — is a civil suit seeking justice against the school board.
It should be noted that following his arrest in 2016, Meyers was fired from the Miami-Dade School Board; however, the lawsuit claims “it did virtually nothing to stop him.”