Stellarton woman appeals decision after lawsuit against school for deaf dismissed

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STELLARTON - A Stellarton woman is appealing a recent court decision which dismissed her lawsuit against the former Amherst School for the Deaf or Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority.

STELLARTON - A Stellarton woman is appealing a recent court decision which dismissed her lawsuit against the former Amherst School for the Deaf or Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority.

Jane Suttis' case was dismissed last month on the grounds that the expiry of the limitation period had run out. The ruling judge in the case, Justice Gregory Warner, said there was no evidence to support the school had covered up allegations of sexual and physical abuse. Warner said that excluded whether or not the victim in the case was actually abused.

A notice of appeal was filed with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court by Roch LongueÉpeÉ on behalf of Suttis and her daughter, the alleged victim, Jennifer Ann Cooper.

LongueÉpeÉ, who is an advocate and specializes in the area of institutional abuse, said the problem with this case is the lack of experience in both the courts and systems of governance in effectively dealing with institutional child abuse.

"There is no question in my mind that these two individuals have suffered greatly," LongueÉpeÉ said. He said he and his organization, Restoring Dignity, is "committed to ensuring we avail ourselves in whatever way we can, to see that justice is served in their case."

The abuse in this case is alleged to have occurred between 1979 and 1984 when Cooper was a student at the former school.

Organizations: Amherst School for the Deaf, Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, Nova Scotia Supreme Court

Geographic location: Stellarton

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  • Stan
    January 18, 2010 - 11:04

    Our legislators need to understand that it takes victims of life-altering events time to recover sufficiently to deal with these issues.
    To impose limitation periods to prevent victims from seeking justice is unfair.
    Recently there has been a move to shortening limitation periods and this will erode the rights of victims to seek justice.
    Canadians must speak out so that legislators will consider what is good for Canadian citizens prior to passing legislation limiting the possibilty for victimas to obtain justice.

    Stan Buell
    President Small Investor Protection Association