Posted: February 25, 2014

Tom Kline announced he will file a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a five-year-old girl who was abducted from her kindergarten classroom at a Philadelphia school and raped last year. Kline, who previously announced plans to sue the city school district, told the news media that the conduct of the district went far beyond ordinary negligence. He said that beyond compensation, he hopes the federal lawsuit will focus attention on the need for improved security in city schools. Kline said the suit will be filed within the next 30 days. Meanwhile, a woman charged with criminal offenses in the case is being held for trial. see news coverage