Lawsuit against Grenville Christian College to move forward

Former students of Grenville Christian College are taking the former private school to court starting next week which involves a class-action lawsuit. Former students were exposed to psychological abuse while attending the school.

The plaintiffs who attended the school from 1973 to 1997 are suing the school and the estates of two of its former headmasters — Charles Farnsworth, who died in 2015, and J. Alastair Haig, who died in 2009 — along with some family members who also worked at the school, for $200 million in damages for allegedly breaching their duty to take care of the students.

The students allegedly said they were cut off from communicating with their families, kept under constant surveillance and subjected to “exorcisms” and so-called “light sessions.”

As well, “students were forced to confess sins, real or imagined, as the individual defendants and other staff members challenged and/or screamed at the students,” the statement of claim says. “Students were compelled to confess imagined sins and to betray other students.”. Many students also stated they were beaten with wooden paddles. The allegations have not been proven in court yet and the trial is set to begin Monday if no settlement is reached by then.