Prep school trial set over boy’s dismissal after having sex

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it’s handled sexual assault cases faces trial on a lawsuit brought by a former student’s mother who alleges the school wrongfully withdrew her 15-year-old son after he had sex with another student.

The lawsuit alleges Phillips Exeter Academy first said the boy would be placed on leave, but could return this fall after seeking therapy, among other conditions. The mother says Exeter changed its mind and decided to withdraw him altogether as it was responding to reports it mishandled sexual assault cases involving staff and students.

Exeter says it made no “contractual promise” the boy would be allowed to return and says he violated the school’s sexual misconduct policies. He hasn’t been charged with a crime.

The trial starts Monday.

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