Parents prosecute the New Jersey elite school and claim that it was wrong to blame their 14-year-old son for losing a debate to a rival from the Upper East Side and forced him to fall off by giving him an & # 39; traitor & # 39; to name.
- The boy's parents continue Closter & # 39; s Kugnus ACTS Academy in Hackensack
- They say that staff wrongly blamed him for losing the debate last month
- It was in the 2nd round of a prestigious tournament called the Lakeland Westchester Classic
- The team they were competing with was a girl who said she was friends with the boy
- When his team lost, the staff reportedly deduced that he had helped them win by giving them his strategy
- According to the parents, the boy has since been taunted in chat rooms and forced to leave
- The school denies any wrongdoing and says it wants the boy to come back
The parents of a New Jersey teenager are turning to elite school for allegedly cheating him by blaming him for losing a debate last month with a rival from the Upper East Side during a private school tournament.
Neither the boy nor his parents have been identified, but in a lawsuit filed Monday in Hackensack, New Jersey, they claim he was embarrassed by Closter & Kugnus ACTS Academy staff after the debate team lost to Yorkville East Middle School .
They say the staff wrongly accused him of sharing his team's tactics with their opponents in a deliberate attempt to sabotage his school after last month's debate at Lakeland Westchester Classic, a highly competitive tournament for prestigious schools.
The parents of a boy in New Jersey are attending school, the Clooked Kugnus ACTS Academy (pictured) because they allegedly cheated their son by claiming that he sabotaged a prestigious debate last month after being lost
They heard the comments, they said, after other students started posting about them online.
The boy was branded as a traitor and was forced to leave school as a result, his parents claim.
During the tournament, a student from the Manhattan School heard her teammates say she was friends with the New Jersey boy.
They knew each other, she said, through the Discord chat app that is popular among young gamers.
According to the lawsuit, David Brown, one of the boy's coaches heard her but confused her comments for something & # 39; much sinister & # 39 ;. He concluded that the boy had revealed their strategy, he says.
When his team lost and the Upper East Side school went on, Brown was reportedly furious.
He reportedly started telling other parents and students that the other school & # 39; exactly the same overviews, blockages and arguments & # 39; claiming that the boy had to share his prep files.
In the coming days, the rumor spread like wildfire, according to the process. It then ended up in a chat room where other students are taunting the boy.
Closter & # 39; s Kugnus bills itself as an extracurricular academy for gifted students.
The boy had just lost a game at the Yorkville East Middle School on the Upper West Side in Manhattan
It does not mention tuition on its website but curriculum posted online revealing that it strongly emphasizes the debate.
It has denied any offense and said that the children that followed the boys were much younger than him and were unable to slander him if they wanted to.
The lawsuit claims that debate coach David Brown told other students and staff that it was the boy who threw the debate for them
Sung Keem, the president of the school, told The Bergen Register that the lawsuit & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; This makes no sense at all. It's almost laughable, & he said.
Another teacher told The New York Post: & # 39; This boy is 14 years old, the best debater in the school [and] claims that he was bullied by the fifth and sixth graders.
& # 39; It is the equivalent of a soccer quarterback being bullied by a water boy. & # 39;
The lawsuit exposes the competitive world of the debate between young, ambitious students and their equally determined parents.
To participate in the classic, teams must pay $ 70 and the price to enter a person is $ 35.