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Kansas mom reports bullying at Catholic school — so principal accuses her of child abuse: suit

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A Kansas woman said school administrators got a child abuse investigation launched against her after she reported that her daughter had been bullied.

Melissa Schroeder filed a defamation lawsuit last week against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawnee, and the school’s principal, reported KSHB-TV.

Schroeder said she reported the bullying in April 2014, and she provided notes from a doctor who found the 10-year-old girl’s severe migraines may have been the result of mistreatment at school.

But the principal did not take the claims seriously, according to the suit – and told the woman that “perhaps this school is not for you.”

The Kansas Department of Children and Families opened a child abuse and neglect investigation against Schroeder – which she says was launched by a complaint filed by the principal.

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The suit claims the principal told DCF that Schroeder asked “for the anointing of the sick” and “requested an exorcism” – but the woman denies making those requests.

She met with a priest to discuss the situation, and he confirmed the principal had made the DCF complaint after meeting with the superintendent and a nun.

The DCF investigation was closed after finding no signs of abuse and neglect, said Schroeder’s attorney.

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Schroeder’s suit seeks punitive damages for defamation, malicious prosecution, and invasion of privacy.

The archdiocese declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Watch this video report posted online by KSHB-TV:

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