SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-The parents of a 16-year-old girl have sued an Easthampton private school, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a teacher.
The plaintiffs are not named in the lawsuit last week against The Williston Northampton School, three administrators and former biology teacher Dennis P. Ryan. It does not specify damages.
The lawsuit claims Ryan built a relationship with the girl, then sexually assaulted her. It claims when the girl complained, the school suggested she was lying and labeled her “mentally unstable.”
The lawsuit says the girl’s attorney corroborated her relationship with Ryan through text messages.
The school said Wednesday it’s confident the court case will show it acted properly and it will “fight vigorously” allegations that question “how we fulfill our mission of educating young people.”
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