Seattle Public Schools will investigate a recent overnight field trip during which male and female students from Garfield High School shared sleeping areas while camping, the school district announced Monday.
That investigation follows one into a November 2012 trip that recently resulted in a $700,000 settlement to a then-Garfield female student and her family over their allegations that she was raped by a male classmate. No criminal charges were filed in that case. On that trip, students were assigned to single-sex cabins.
In a letter to families Friday, Garfield Principal Ted Howard said the district has not heard of any inappropriate or unsafe incidents stemming from the recent field trip, but district officials will investigate why co-ed sleeping arrangements were permitted. The trip in question was the school’s Fall Survival outing, Howard wrote.
District spokeswoman Stacy Howard said the district has heard that students of both sexes may have shared tents, and that an investigator will interview students and chaperones. How many students were involved and how big the tents were is unknown, she said.
The district requires at least two chaperones on any field trip with more than six students and around-the-clock supervision, with bed checks in the middle of the night.