Milton school for the deaf facing lawsuit by student who alleges being subjected to abuse


Published May 7, 2021 at 3:50 am


A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a student at Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf claiming a culture of abuse and neglect at the Milton school.

Parents of the child, who filed the lawsuit, are suing the province and three administrators, including Cindy Smith, the Milton school’s principal, Arnold Potma, who was the school’s vice principal at the time of the alleged incidents, and Jeanne Leonard, a superintendent at the school.

The Ontario family alleges their daughter was subjected to a list of abuses by other students that were physical, psychological and sexual in nature and that the school contributed to these ill-treatments by failing to protect the child.

This marks the third time in nine years the province is involved in legal action over the treatment of vulnerable children.



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