SALINA, Kan. (AP) A Kansas military school is being sued by parents of cadets who say their sons were regularly abused by older students with the blessing of school officials.
The Salina Journal reports the federal lawsuit was filed against St. John’s Military School last week in Kansas City, Kan. It claims the school allows older students, called “Disciplinarians,” to discipline younger students who step out of line.
The parents of four boys claim their sons suffered severe beatings by the Disciplinarians that got worse when the boys reported the abuse to school officials.
St. John’s issued a statement Wednesday saying it’s investigating the allegations but denying there was a “culture of abuse” or any kind of cover-up.
The lawsuit claims the school has settled nine similar abuse cases since 2006.