07/24/2013 16:20 EDT | Updated 09/23/2013 05:12 EDT

John Furlong's former students file civil lawsuit

Two former students of a Catholic school in Burns Lake, B.C., have filed notices of civil claims in B.C. Supreme Court, alleging abuse at the hands of former VANOC CEO John Furlong, who taught at the school in the 1960s.

The lawsuits name Furlong, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver, the Roman Catholic Prince George Diocese and the Catholic Independent Schools Diocese of Prince George.

The story first broke last fall when journalist Laura Robinson wrote a story for the Georgia Straight newspaper alleging Furlong had verbally and physically mistreated native students while he was a teacher at a Catholic school in Burns Lake in the late 1960s.

Furlong has vehemently denied the accusations and launched a lawsuit against Robinson and the Georgia Straight newspaper.

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