The Toronto school’s lawsuit is a matter of public order, justice and fundamental fairness

A Toronto private school was sued over a student’s alleged sexual assault. The school’s name was kept secret until now.

A Toronto private school was sued over a student’s alleged sexual assault. The school’s name was kept secret until now.

The alleged assault took place in a Toronto school, which was then a private school in a neighbouring city, and the school subsequently offered counselling services to the victim.

The school’s name is now going public.

The news came one day after the National Post published a story about a similar lawsuit filed against a Toronto, Ontario-based private school. It said the school’s name was kept secret to prevent lawsuits like the one filed against the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

CBC News has not learned the school’s name, nor details of the lawsuit.

The Toronto case was decided in 2015. The lawsuit was filed by a father whose daughter attended the school.

The father told the Toronto Star his daughter has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety, due to the assault.

The father told the Star he will pursue criminal charges against the alleged perpetrator — a student’s mother — if she is found to have interfered with the girl’s recovery through her actions.

The father also said the school did not act to keep the names of accusers who reported incidents at the school confidential.

“There is a duty to protect,” he said.

The lawsuit asked for $1,750,000 in damages for loss of emotional distress, medical bills and therapy.

“The school failed to take reasonable steps to ensure that the identities of complainants and complainants’ children were protected,” the parents’ lawyer, Robert Ritchie of Ritchie Law, said in a written statement.

“This failure is a matter of public order, justice, and fundamental fairness.

“The school’s actions are in direct violation of the law and its procedures. The school is liable for any liability because the school is, in fact, the legal party liable.”

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