CONCORD, N.H. — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against a New Hampshire prep school by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who was kicked out of school after having sex with another student (all times local):
A New Hampshire prep school is defending the way it handled the case of a 15-year-old student who was kicked out after a sexual encounter with another student.
Lisa MacFarlane, principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, said Thursday the case was handled fairly and in accordance with school policies.
The student’s parents say in a lawsuit that school administrators first told them their son would be placed on leave in the spring semester, but could return this fall. They argue the school decided instead to withdraw the boy altogether amid pressure from criticism of the school over past sex abuse cases.
Phillips Exeter acknowledged Wednesday a school minister was placed on leave over allegations he mishandled several sexual assault cases. The Boston Globe first reported on the staff decision.
A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it’s handled sexual misconduct and assault cases is facing a federal lawsuit from the parents of a 15-year-old boy, saying it was wrong to withdraw their son after he had sex with another student.
The lawsuit filed Aug. 30 by “Father and Mother Doe” against Phillips Exeter Academy says school administrators at first told them their son would be placed on leave in the spring semester, but could return this fall after meeting certain conditions, including seeking therapy.
The parents say administrators changed their minds and decided to withdraw him altogether, as the school was responding to reports it mishandled sexual assault allegations involving staff and students.
Phillips Exeter says there wasn’t any “contractual promise” the boy would be allowed to return.