Dominic Conti, 17, was suspended from Westlake High School after getting into an altercation at a football game with a player who was allegedly sexually harassing his 15-year-old sister.
Conti's family is angry over the events that have transpired since and are claiming the school is coming down hard on Conti while protecting the school's football program, and the player in question.
Conti's sister, a Westlake freshman who did not want her name used or likeness shown, said a football player had previously said vulgar things to her and was doing it again the night of October 11th for the third time, reports KCAL9.
“He begins asking me to do things to his private parts — many things to his private parts – and I begin to tell him no and I would never, ever do that,” she said.
Dominic and his father Larry found a security guard and went to confront the player.
“Are you the one harassing my little girl?” Larry asked.
It was then that the altercation became physical.
“That’s when [the player] lunged at me and my dad and he threw a punch. In self defense, I pushed down his arm,” said Dominic.
Dominic and his sister had previously asked for help from school administrators over the harassment but received none, reports Inquisitr.
The altercation led to Dominic's suspension of five days from school and the position of senior class president being taken away from him.
Dominic insists he never threw a punch at the football player and that he explained to the school principal he only acted in self-defense.
“I looked him in the eye and I said ‘Mr. Lipari, I do not regret protecting my sister,’” Dominic said.
The Conti family insists the school is protecting the school's football program above females at the school. They are suing the principal for defamation and for disclosing personal information about Dominic.
Dominic is said to be a good student and has a 4.4 GPA.
The Conejo Valley Unified School District issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:
“We respond immediately, and proactively to deal with allegations of sexual harassment when they are brought to our attention. We take responsibility to protest students from sexual harassment very seriously,” Superintendent Jeffrey Baarstad said.