W’boro, Pa. school board settles hazing lawsuit

Burlington County Times
WILLINGBORO — The Board of Education has settled a lawsuit filed by a former Willingboro High School football player, who alleged he was physically and sexually abused by teammates during a hazing incident at a summer sports camp in 2006.

The board agreed to pay a “substantial amount” to settle the case with the student and his mother, who were plaintiffs in the 2007 complaint. The terms of the settlement called for the exact amount to be kept confidential.

The boy had sought unspecified damages; the court documents state he had accrued about $3 million in medical bills and other costs.

No taxpayer money was used to pay the settlement, according to the teenager’s attorney, John Borbi of Evesham.

“The entire settlement was paid through the board’s liability insurance,” Borbi said Thursday.

The board offered no admission of liability, but Borbi said, “From our point of view, the settlement acknowledges responsibility.”

District Solicitor Alan Schnirman said he could not comment because the terms of the settlement were confidential. Full story.


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