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Counselor Says High School Can’t Force Her|To Tell Details Of Student’s Sexual History

CHICAGO (CN) - A guidance counselor says Maine Township High School threatened to fire or discipline her for refusing to reveal details of a student's sexual history. Susan Rosseland, a licensed clinical social worker, says administrators accused her of failing to report a student's rape. Rosseland denied that, and refused administrators' demands for more information, saying it would violate student-counselor confidentiality.

Rosseland has worked for the defendant school district for 19 years and is scheduled to retire after this year. She has a case load of 61 students, 55 of them being special ed students at Maine. She says the school district is demanding that she violate the standards of her profession, and threatening her with retaliation if she fails to violate them, which could cost her her license.

She demands an injunction and declaratory judgment that the high school's administrators are not her "supervisors" as a clinical social worker, and cannot discipline or fire her for "insubordination." She is represented in Cook County Court by Joseph Monahan.

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