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Father Sues Catholic School for Expelling his Daughter

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/03/15

This seems pretty unusualto me:

A father filed a lawsuit against a Catholic grade school in Glendale on behalf of his teenage daughter, alleging she was wrongfully expelled following false rumors of sexual misconduct. Roberto Pangilinan claims that his daughter, who had attended Holy Family Grade School for nine years, was expelled during her last semester of eighth grade after she reported being bullied by her peers, according to the complaint filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit was filed against the school and its administrators, including Principal Fidela Suelto, Rev. James Bevacqua and Vice Principal Katharine Huntley, along with eighth-grade teacher Ashley Walden and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The causes of action include breach of contract, defamation of character, as well as negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. On Feb. 13, the teenager — who kept a 4.0 grade point average, served as captain of the cheerleading squad and was a member of the Academic Decathlon team — told Walden that her peers were spreading false rumors that she was having sex, and begged the teacher to make them stop, according to the lawsuit. “This appears to be the extent of the investigation into (the student’s) report of bullying,” according to the lawsuit, which later states, “None of these defendants talked with the boys’ parents or questioned the boys extensively or at all about the veracity of their accusations.”

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Photo: Holy Family Grade School website

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