Former Grenville Students Launch Class Action



    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - A Multi-Million Dollar Abuse Claim was filed in
the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto against Grenville Christian
College and its administrators and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario. The abuse
allegations were extensively reported in the Globe and Mail and other media
sources last year.
    Former students of the Grenville Christian College are claiming damages
for psychological, physical and sexual abuse that took place at the school
during the period 1973 - 1997. In their Statement of Claim, the Plaintiffs
allege that although the school was promoted as an Anglican boarding school,
its principals were closely allied with the Community of Jesus, an
organization that has been labelled a cult in the U.S. media. The Plaintiffs
allege that children who resided at the school were subjected to various forms
of abuse with a view to indoctrinating students into the teachings and
practices of the Community of Jesus and in doing so, the school and its
leaders were negligent and/or in breach of their fiduciary obligations owed to
these children who were in their care. In addition, the claim asserts that the
Anglican Diocese of Ontario was responsible for the clergy at the school, both
ordained Anglican ministers, were aware of the relationship with the Community
of Jesus and knew or should have known of the cult practices and behaviour at
the school.
    Loretta Merritt of Torkin Manes, Barristers and Solicitors said:
    "We are advancing this case to bring to light the unusual, perhaps even
bizarre, conduct that these children experienced. We hope that in doing so,
the members of the class will finally be able to be heard and that this in
some way helps with their healing."
    Representative Plaintiff, Andrew Hale-Byrne said:
    "As an Anglican, I was sent to what I was told was an Anglican boarding
school. The reality behind the walls was so rarefied and absurd that it was
truly stranger than fiction. I am pleased that this process offers the
opportunity for the victims of abuse to be heard and that those responsible
are being called to account."




For further information:

For further information: Loretta Merritt, Torkin Manes LLP, Barristers &
Solicitors, 151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500, Toronto, ON M5C 2W7, Tel: (416)
863-1188, lmerritt@torkinmanes.com; Russell Raikes, Cohen Highley LLP,
Lawyers, One London Place, 255 Queens Ave., 11th Flr., London, ON N6A 5R8,
Tel: (519) 672-9330, rraikes@cohenhighley.com

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