A celebration for Trinity High school graduates has been delayed due to an ongoing lawsuit, and the school has said it would not be able to begin its commencement ceremony until after a settlement is reached with the plaintiff, the New York Post reported.
The school in Columbia, S.C., has said the lawsuit could take years to resolve, though the school district said that in a statement on Monday that it expects to have the school’s graduation ceremonies begin in December.
The lawsuit stems from a 2014 incident when a man accused a high school student of sexually assaulting him, according to the Columbia Daily Tribune.
The victim reported the incident to police, but the case was dismissed.
In January, the school announced that a lawsuit was pending against the school alleging that it failed to protect the student from the man, who is not a student.
The case is pending.
In a statement issued on Monday, Trinity High said that the school had “taken the difficult decision” to move forward with the ceremony, but added that it will be taking steps to protect other students who may have been affected.
“We are deeply saddened and disappointed that the lawsuit against Trinity High College is still pending, and that it is in the midst of litigation.
We have taken the difficult and painful decision to move ahead with the graduation ceremony,” the school said.
The event will take place on Wednesday, December 16, with the first students entering the building around 1:30 p.m.
The ceremony will also feature a performance by singer Jhené Aiko and a performance from the Black Eyed Peas.
Trinity High students are the latest to be targeted by lawsuits.
Earlier this month, a former student filed a lawsuit alleging that she was sexually assaulted by a former classmate and that the student was responsible for covering up the incident.
The former student, identified in the lawsuit only as Jane Doe, said that when she filed the suit against Jane Doe and her former classmate, she was afraid to speak out because she believed that her case would jeopardize the school and its reputation.
The district has since settled with Jane Doe for an undisclosed amount, according the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
In June, a similar lawsuit was filed by another former student.
That case also remains pending.
Trinity has not yet issued a statement regarding the pending lawsuit, but students have taken to social media to voice their displeasure with the delay.
“Tyrant High High School graduates are expected to begin their school careers in January,” a school spokesperson told the Daily News.
“After our graduation ceremony, students will be able attend their classes at a time and place of their choosing.
We are working with our alumni to create a plan to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to attend the ceremony at the same time.”