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Diocese withdraws settlement offer over bullying allegations

Statement issued Monday by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend:

Media reports have been published regarding the proposed settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Most Precious Blood School and others. The claims made in that lawsuit center on acts of misconduct that were alleged to have been committed by certain students in the School against another student and include allegations that the School’s administration was aware of the misconduct but did not take steps to prevent its occurrence.

In court papers, the Diocese, the School and others named in the lawsuit denied the allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing. Following a thorough investigation of the claims covering a period of many months, the Diocese and the School, including its administration and faculty, continue to deny those allegations. Based on its investigation the Diocese considers the claims baseless.

Despite its conviction that the claims made against the Diocesan Parties were false, the Diocese wished to end the lawsuit so that those falsely accused of these allegations, including students and school administrators and staff, could go on with their lives without having to be continually involved in the legal proceedings.

To help prevent any insinuation that the Diocese had agreed to pay anything because the claims had any merit, the Diocese insisted that the agreement be kept confidential. The agreement was not kept confidential. Therefore, the Diocese has notified the accusers’ counsel that the Diocese has rescinded its offer to pay anything to resolve the lawsuit.

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