Teenager takes his own life after being sexually exploited by sex-crazed female schoolteacher for years

Corbin Madison's parents alleged that the Elko County School District 'suppressed, concealed or failed to disclose' information about the teacher despite knowing about the abuse


                            Teenager takes his own life after being sexually exploited by sex-crazed female schoolteacher for years

A teenager who felt "humiliated" after being molested by a sex-crazed female teacher ended up committing suicide. The families of her multiple victims are now suing school authorities for letting the teacher get away with her crimes.

The 18-year-old, Corbin Madison, was found with a gunshot wound in a truck one year after Tennille Whitaker's June 2017 arrest. He was one of four students exploited and abused by the married teacher from Nevada, according to a Daily Mail report. Terry, the victim's father, is now filing a lawsuit against school authorities for allegedly letting Whitaker get away with sex abuse on multiple students, including his son.



 

According to The Elko Daily Free Press, Corbin killed himself after suffering "depression, humiliation and embarrassment" stemming from the exploitation at his teacher's hands, the lawsuit claims. Last October, the mother-of-two received a sentence of 20 years in prison on four counts of sexual misconduct between a school employee and a pupil.

Further details emerged about how Whitaker had set up a "private reading area" in her classroom that was not visible from the hallway or any outside windows in a bid to abuse her victims. Whitaker would allegedly engage in sexual intercourse with the four boys, all minors, during non-teaching hours and later assign them jobs as her aides.

According to Brennen Hooper, another victim, a school worker had caught the teacher sitting on his knee.

The victims' devastated parents  are now suing Elko County School District for "failure to address, prevent and/or remove known sexual predators from its ranks." The lawsuit further alleges that between early 2016 and March 2017, former Wells High School principal Chris McAnany was warned six times that the teacher in question was having "unlawful sexual relations with minor students."



 

The warnings reportedly came from a school district director, a custodial worker, a parent, as well as two teachers. The suit also states that school officials "intentionally ignored multiple complaints regarding Whitaker that allowed Whitaker to sexually harass, molest and abuse children for several years." The sex-crazed teacher gave her students presents, such as alcohol, on more than one occasion in exchange for sexual favors both on and off campus, the lawsuit adds.

It also states that the school district supervisory personnel and administration "had actual knowledge of Whitaker's history of 'grooming'" and abusing minors between September 2015 and June 2017, but did nothing.

According to a school worker who came forward, Whitaker was once spotted with a student in a locked classroom with all the lights off.

While the district had a duty to protect the helpless victims, it responded with "deliberate indifference to this known and obvious danger," and later "suppressed, concealed or failed to disclose this information," the lawsuit claims.



 

Whitaker's abuse had lasting consequences. While most of her victims suffered fear, anxiety, mental and emotional distress, embarrassment, lack of self-esteem, disgrace, and humiliation, one of them moved away from Wells just days after his graduation last year and killed himself in August 2018.

As litigation on the case is still pending, District Superintendent Todd Pehrson said district officials cannot comment on the developments. "We follow our policies and procedures. The safety of our students is our number one concern at all times," Pehrson wrote in an email response.

During her sentencing last October, Whitaker begged for forgiveness in court and apologized to the victims and their families. "I will be ashamed forever," she said, according to the Elko Daily Free Press. "I am truly sorry for betraying the trust of the parents and the victims." The lawsuit is seeking a total of $45,000 in damages.