Concord, NH– St. Paul’s School, an elite New Hampshire boarding institution located in Concord, was sued today, June 1st, in federal court by the parents of a girl who was sexually assaulted two years ago as a freshman. In the lawsuit, the family alleges that her assault resulted from the school’s failure to stop the “Senior Salute,” a competition among male seniors to have the most sexual encounters with underage girls in the months prior to graduation.
“St. Paul’s fostered a culture of misogyny and male privilege that deprived its female students of the safe and healthy educational environment they would expect from one of the nation’s premier private schools,” said lead counsel Steve Kelly of the Baltimore law firm Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White. “Administrators ignored the health, safety and welfare of the children entrusted to their care, and turned their favorite motto on its head—rather than ‘freedom with responsibility,’ administrators held themselves and the students to the standard ‘freedom from responsibility.’”
Owen Labrie was convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault against a 15-year-old classmate and a felony charge of using computer-related seduction. He was also found guilty of endangering the welfare of a minor. He was found not guilty of the more serious charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault.
St. Paul’s is an Episcopal, co-educational fully residential high school founded in 1856.
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