By Barrett J. Brunsman
Information that could indicate how widespread bullying has been in the Milford School District shouldn’t be disclosed as part of a lawsuit against the schools, attorneys for the district said in a court filing.
The district has requested that a judge bar the disclosure of the information, claiming it would cause “annoyance, embarrassment … and undue burden and expense,” according to a filing by attorney Bernard Wharton.
Allowing the school district to keep such information secret would hamper the suit filed in Clermont County Common Pleas Court on behalf of a former member of the freshmen boys basketball team at Milford High School, attorney Joe Braun argued in a response.
“This position ignores the ongoing (issues) at the school … related to its failure to address problems which led to the sexual assault and attack” on the boy, Braun wrote.
“Milford has long known that the school has a well-documented history of violent attacks which had occurred in the school on a weekly basis … and has failed to address the dangerous and threatening environment in a meaningful way,” Braun wrote.
Among information Braun has requested from the district are “all documents … and video documentation of incidents of bullying, threats, intimidation, abuse, hazing, assault, battery or other incidents of violence occurring in district schools over the past five years.”
District Superintendent Bob Farrell said today that “much of what the attorney (Braun) is asking for does not relate to the hazing case, and none of what he alleges has been proven.” Full story.