BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – In their legal response, Brentwood Academy categorically denies any wrongdoing after a lawsuit was filed against the school after a parent claims her son was raped and sexually assaulted by four eighth grade students.
The mother of the sixth-grade student says it happened during the 2014-15 school year.
In the legal response filed last Friday, the school denies nearly all of the allegations but admits the headmaster received a call from a parent about “misconduct in the locker room.”
Court documents indicate the call was made in April 2015, but the school says at no time was there any mention of rape.
School officials have also said they interviewed students but stopped investigating when the Brentwood Police Department reportedly told them to do so on April 22, 2015.
In a statement sent to News 2 on Wednesday, the school said, in full:
On Friday, Brentwood Academy filed its Answer in the civil lawsuit recently brought against it and several employees. Brentwood Academy denies the allegations in the complaint. We will continue to defend ourselves vigorously against these accusations, and we will pursue all relief available to protect all parties involved in this case. We are committed to addressing any allegation of sexual harassment and bullying, and it’s important for you to know that at no time before or during our investigation into misconduct did anyone report that a rape occurred. In fact, no such accusation was ever made to us by the plaintiffs until this lawsuit seeking monetary damages was filed more than two years later.
The facts will show that Brentwood Academy took appropriate actions based on the information available to us. Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our students and campus community. We are heartbroken for everyone involved in this case.