EDUCATION

Prep school sued over kicking out student who had sex

A New Hampshire prep school criticized for how it's handled sexual misconduct and assault cases is facing a federal lawsuit from the parents of a 15-year-old boy, saying it was wrong to withdraw their son after he had sex with another student.

The lawsuit filed Aug. 30 by "Father and Mother Doe" against Phillips Exeter Academy says school administrators at first told them their son would be placed on leave in the spring semester, but could return this fall after meeting certain conditions, including seeking therapy.

The parents say administrators changed their minds and decided to withdraw him altogether, as the school was responding to reports it mishandled sexual assault allegations involving staff and students.

Phillips Exeter says there wasn't any "contractual promise" the boy would be allowed to return.