Suit: Fayette Schools retaliated after student reported educator's bestiality texts

Posted at 10:24 AM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 18:22:50-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A lawsuit filed in Fayette Circuit Court alleges that the the Fayette County School District retaliated against a student after she accused a para-educator of sending her texts that included bestiality videos.

Court documents filed by the mother of a former Crawford Middle School student state that Noel Ball, a 40-year-old para-educator, sent the 13-year-old girl texts and Snapchat messages, some of which included messages about bestiality.

The 13-year-old girl was interested in Crawford's animal studies program, and Ball was helping her to write an essay for admission to the program. That's when, the lawsuit alleges, that Ball began texting the student. Screenshots appear to show Ball advising the teen to delete their texts and to shift to Snapchat. Snapchat deletes messages automatically and notifies users if a screenshot has been taken.

Ball also allegedly asked the student if she masturbated often, asked for nude photos and asked if she would perform a sex act on a dog since she was interested in veterinary medicine. He appeared to follow up by sending a bestiality video and told her the practice aroused him, according to the lawsuit.

The student was suspended and transferred to Martin Luther King Academy, an alternative school, after she brought a dangerous instrument to school. The suit alleges that she brought the item to school because she was afraid of Ball.

The plaintiff claims that her daughter was afraid she would be kicked out of the animal science program if she told anyone about the messages.

The suit also names Superintendent Many Caulk, principal Mike Jones, retired assistant principal Suzann Shaver and Ball.

The lawsuit alleges that the district continued to keep the man as an employee despite damning evidence. However, Fayette County Schools tells LEX 18 that he is no longer employed by the district.

In addition to the civil suit, Ball is facing charges of using an electronic device to procure a minor. The case is still in the court system.