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Family sues Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge

4 years ago October 05, 2010 Oct 5, 2010 Tuesday, October 05 2010 Tuesday, October 05, 2010 8:48:25 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge is being served.  The Bonvillain family is suing the Catholic school system after a year of trying to get help for their son. The family says Holy Family School made their son afraid of being alone.

"We would have liked for them to acknowledge that a mistake was made. We would have liked for them to take care of the issues that we're having with our son," said Paul Bonvillain.

The Bonvillians said those issues are heartbreaking and lasting.

"He did not want to be left alone at all. He did not want to go to the bathroom, even in his own home alone, take a bath alone, sleep alone, be in a room alone," said Glynda Bonvillain.

They said that's because their son was left alone at Holy Family School in Port Allen.  He was 5 years old at the time.

"Apparently, he went to the bathroom unsupervised because when he came back to the classroom, it was empty, lights were out, nobody was there," said Paul.

The Bonvillans said for the past year, no one with the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has helped them help their son.

"Every time we talk to someone, you wind up with a different person, you get a different response," said Paul.

"It's just sweeping it under the rug," said Glynda.

The Bonvillains are now suing the diocese, the school, the principal and the teacher of the class.  They want an undisclosed amount of money awarded to continuously counsel their son, and they want an apology.

The diocese told News 2 it's worked hard to resolve this situation, but privacy issues prohibit the diocese from details.

The diocese has acknowledged the incident and paid for a few counseling sessions through its insurance company.  The Bonvillains said that's not enough.

"The ultimate goal is to get him back to where he was before," said Paul.

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