Man claims he was assaulted in Yates High locker room in '09, files lawsuit against HISD

By John Suayan, Galveston Bureau | Oct 10, 2013

HOUSTON - The Houston Independent School District has been sued by a former student over an alleged assault at one of its schools four years ago, recent court documents say.

Isaac Phillips, 20, filed a lawsuit against HISD in Harris County District Court on Oct. 26, 2012.

Houston federal court received the case on Oct. 4.

Phillips alleges that he was a sophomore at Jack Yates High School in March 2009 when an unknown individual attacked him as he was dressing for gym class.

"On that occasion, and without provocation, John Doe approached Phillips from behind while both students were in the boys locker room," the suit says.

"John Doe stabbed Phillips twice in the torso with a switchblade knife, causing Phillips severe physical pain and mental anguish."

The plaintiffs adds that he required emergency medical attention.

According to the suit, the purported assailant, who reportedly still attends Yates, was on disciplinary suspension and banned from physical entry onto school property at the time of the subject event.

HISD Superintendent Terry Grier, HISD Board President Anna Eastman, Yates principal Marla McNeal-Sheppard, former Yates principal Ronald Mumphery and Doe join the school district as co-defendants.

A jury trial is requested.

Phillips is representing himself.

Case No. 4:13-CV-2935

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