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Lawsuit over Milford hazing case

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MILFORD, OH (FOX19) - A Milford student says some of his fellow students sexually teased and bullied him right before a 2008 freshman basketball practice, and now he's suing.

There have been other bullying and hazing-type incidents reported at Milford High School, but  attorneys for the Milford School District say those other cases should not be allowed in this current lawsuit.

This lawsuit says that all happened in the spring semester of 2008, and according to the victim's attorney, what happened was not your typical hazing. According to the lawsuit, two freshmen basketball team members bullied, hazed and sexually tormented another boy during the season.

"That's just, how that could go on a basketball team, I have no idea," said Randy Rose, a parent of a Milford student. "Why kids would go so far to do such a thing is beyond me."

Rose says all this seems so unusual for the district.

"I think generally the kids at Milford are decent kids," he said.

Attorneys for the victim are constructing pretrial arguments about hazing, bullying and what it may mean.

In paperwork filed with the Clermont County courts, attorney Joe Braun argues other case of bullying and hazing should be disclosed. He says it shows a pattern, and that the district is liable.

It's a claim superintendent Robert Farrell says is a "fishing expedition." He says the district filed an answer to Braun.

Farrell gave a statement to FOX19 saying, "This is a hazing case and not a bullying case...None of these things have been proven."

The lawsuit will have it's day in court, but not until next year.

Meanwhile, the judge for this case will rule on this latest round of motions on Sept. 11.

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