Attorney general alleges abuse at middle school

CHARLESTON (AP) — The West Virginia attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Mingo County school officials claiming they brushed aside allegations that two male students sexually abused female classmates.

The lawsuit also claims school officials interfered with a state police investigation of the incidents.

The lawsuit says administrators at Burch Middle School retaliated against the girls for reporting the allegations.

Defendants include the principal, vice principal and a coach, as well as the Mingo County School Board.

The lawsuit alleged the abuses occurred on a school bus, at the school and on a field trip.

School officials and a state police spokesman did not immediately return telephone messages Thursday.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday asks Mingo County Circuit Court to prevent further abuse and retaliation, and to bar defendants from interfering with the police investigation.

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