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Mingo Co. School Administrators Removed After Students Charged with Sexual Assault


West Virginia’s attorney general says some school administrators have been reassigned after a lawsuit claimed they brushed aside allegations that two boys at a middle school sexually abused female classmates.
Patrick Morrisey says Burch Middle School in Mingo County will have an outside professional serve as an administrator until the school year ends June 12.

Morrisey says in a news release that a Mingo County judge signed a preliminary order Wednesday prohibiting all defendants in the lawsuit from having contact with the alleged victims and their families.
 Morrisey filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging the abuse and that school officials interfered with a state police investigation. The lawsuit says school administrators retaliated against the girls for reporting allegations.
 The boys also face criminal charges filed by Mingo County’s prosecutor.