Brooklyn, NY – A lawsuit charging a Brooklyn girls’ school with defamation for expelling a student after an anonymous caller said that she had texted a nude selfie to a boy without any further investigation has been quietly settled for an undisclosed amount.
The case went to trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court on March 7th and was settled one week later, with the court sealing all records relating to the trial.
Representing the former student, attorney Robert Tolchin said that he could not comment on the case because all of the records had been sealed. Lev Bais Yaakov executive director Rabbi Shmiel Deutsch, named as a defendant in the lawsuit along with the school’s two principals, also declined to comment on the outcome of the trial, telling VIN News “It’s a closed case. No information is available.”
According to the original lawsuit filed in 2015, two years after the incident occurred, the then-tenth grader had learning disabilities and had been removed from the school after the anonymous phone call was received without any confirmation of the caller’s identity or the picture’s existence. The lawsuit also claimed that a letter sent home to classmate’s parents saying that the student had been removed for a serious infraction that tarnished her reputation, further harming the teenager.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2TyH3nU) an attempt by defendants to have the case dismissed failed, with Judge Dawn Jimenez-Salta dropping only one of four charges leveled against them.
Tolchin noted at the time that the judge’s decision opened the door for potentially substantial financial damages that could be awarded if the court decided that Lev Bais Yaakov had failed to accommodate the teen’s disability under city and state nondiscrimination laws.
No specific monetary award was sought in the case, which asked for both compensatory and punitive damages as deemed appropriate by a jury.