A West Hartford couple who sued Cheshire Academy earlier this year, challenging the reasons for the prep school’s expulsion of their teenage son, has withdrawn that court challenge.
Theodore and Sonia Mancini sued Cheshire Academy in April, claiming their son Michael had been kicked out of school because he expressed conservative political views in class. The lawsuit was withdrawn on Nov. 12, according to court filings.
The withdrawl of the lawsuit came three months after attorney for the school sought to have the case thrown out of court. Hartford Superior Court Judge Susan Quinn Cobb, however, granted a request by attorneys for the school in late July for a protective order against the Mancinis, prohibiting them from contacting their son’s former Cheshire Academy classmates.
In a filing made with the court as part of the attempt to get the case thrown out, attorneys with the school wrote that Michael Mancini’s expulsion “was the result of a string of inappropriate, disruptive, and racist conduct, the refusal of the parents to support the school, and the posting of a website by Plaintiffs filled with falsity, provocation, and condemnation of the school.”
“The school’s decisions had nothing to do with Michael supposedly espousing ‘conservative’ views,” the school’s attorneys wrote in part. Cheshire Academy Head of School Julie Anderson and Wesley Simon, a dean at the school, were named as defendants in the case.
Ken Mason, Cheshire Academy’s marketing director, said Monday that school officials had no comment on the lawsuit being withdrawn. Sullivan, the attorney for the Mancini family, simply said “the parties have resolved their differences.”
Michael Mancini currently is a junior at Conard High School in West Hartford.