2nd lawsuit filed in alleged rape at Brentwood Academy - WSMV News 4

Second lawsuit filed in connection to alleged rape at Brentwood Academy

Posted: Updated: Sep 07, 2017 01:13 PM
BRENTWOOD, TN (WSMV) -

A second lawsuit has been filed against three of the rape suspects and their parents in a sexual abuse case involving Brentwood Academy.

The suit is seeking $6 million from the students and $60,000 from their parents.

"We are putting a financial sentence on these children for the acts of what they did," said attorney Roland Mumford.

News 4's Liz Lohuis sat down exclusively with the attorneys.

"Everything orbits around Brentwood Academy. It's a spider web of connections and influence and intimidation," Mumford said.

A previously filed lawsuit claims a 12-year-old boy was being raped by older boys at the school in 2015. It also claims school officials knew about it and did nothing.

"Actions and words of people along the way have unfolded a story that quite frankly when it's told will be unbelievable to a lot of people," said attorney Bureon Ledbetter.

Attorneys said since the initial lawsuit was filed, several former students say they have been harassed and bullied and the school did not help them.

"Those students, some know who are in their 30s, regret no one helping them because they lived with a story they have not been able to tell for a long time," Ledbetter said.

Brentwood Academy Communications Director Susan Shafer sent a statement:

Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our students and campus community. It is why we take any allegation of misconduct seriously. When Brentwood Academy becomes aware of any misconduct, it follows a process. Any student, faculty or staff member who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment, bullying or violence is encouraged to report and discuss the alleged acts immediately and confidentially.

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