Defamation lawsuit over Facebook post accusing Whitehorse student of sexual assault settled

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A defamation lawsuit over sexual assault allegations levelled against an F. H. Collins Secondary School student on Facebook has been settled before going to trial, with the poster to issue a public apology. 

The family of the former Grade 9 student, who’s only identified by his initials in legal documents, sued Emily Blanchard last year after she made a Facebook post alleging the student was “dangerous” and had been sexually assaulting and harassing girls at the school. 

The post resulted in the student being threatened, the statement of claim said, to the point where school officials advised him not to attend class anymore for his own safety. 

Yukon RCMP investigated both the

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