BCS Teacher Sex Alligations

Hang on, The Gazette caught it in October:

The Gazette (Montreal)
October 26, 2006 Thursday

HEADLINE: Former Bishop’s students petition for class action

A man who alleges he was sexually molested by a teacher at Bishop’s College School in Lennoxville more than 40 years ago is the representative claimant in a petition to launch a class action lawsuit against the school.

The man, a British Columbia resident identified in court documents as A.B.T., has asked Quebec Superior Court for permission to claim $15 million from the school on behalf of him and other former students.

A.B.T. alleges in a claim filed last week the incident happened in 1962 when he was 14 and a boarder at the school in Lennoxville, now part of Sherbrooke.

He says he was asked to go to Harold Forster’s room in the morning. When A.B.T. arrived, Forster removed the boy’s pyjama bottom, fondled his buttocks, then spanked him with a brush.

Forster was on staff at the school from 1953-62 as house master, school chaplain, teacher and choir master. He was fired after A.B.T. complained. Forster died in a 1967 train crash in Britain.

The former all-boys school now is co-ed, with 265 students.

Bryan McPhadden, a Toronto lawyer who filed the suit, said “half a dozen” former BCS students have reported similar stories of abuse by Forster.

“We take it very seriously,” said David Stenason, the school’s Montreal-based chairperson. BSC is conducting its own investigation.

LOAD-DATE: October 26, 2006

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