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W. Va. Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against School Officials in Mingo County

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
Janet Kunicki
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Mingo County school officials claiming they brushed aside allegations that two male students sexually abused female classmates.
 
The lawsuit also claims school officials interfered with a state police investigation of the incidents.
 
The lawsuit says administrators at Burch Middle School retaliated against the girls for reporting the allegations.

 
Defendants named in the 32-page complaint are Burch Middle School Principal Melissa Webb, Burch Middle School Vice Principal Deanna Maynard, guidance counselor Hester Keatley, teacher and athletic coach Melvin Cunningham, Mingo County Schools Superintendent Randy Keathley, the Mingo County Board of Education, two un-named juveniles
and their parents.
 
The lawsuit alleged the abuses occurred on a school bus, at the school and on a field trip.
 
School officials and a state police spokesman did not immediately return telephone messages Thursday.
 

The lawsuit filed Wednesday asks Mingo County Circuit Court to prevent further abuse and retaliation, and to bar defendants from interfering with the police investigation.


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