West Virginia AG Sues Over Abuse Claims at Middle School

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is suing Mingo County school officials, saying they brushed aside claims 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 include the principal, vice principal and a coach, as well as the Mingo County School Board.

Lt. Michael Baylous says state police are investigating at least one incident.

Burch Principal Melissa Webb and the school board's attorney declined to comment.

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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