Moraga School District Superintendent Bruce Burns issued a news release responding to media reports on the district's answer to Kristen Cunnane's civil lawsuit. Here's what it said:

While the school district cannot publicly discuss details of litigation, it would like to offer this public statement in response to recent stories that have appeared in the news media regarding a lawsuit brought against the Moraga School District by Kristen Cunnane.

"We certainly empathize with Ms. Cunnane and did not intend to cause her further distress in filing our formal Answer to her Complaint. However, this is a significant case that could have serious consequences for our school district. She is demanding several million dollars in damages. As a result, at this point in the proceedings we have an obligation not to waive any potential legal lines of defense. The district raised nine possible arguments that might be used in court. Attorneys routinely insert these into Answers filed to Complaints. Ms. Cunnane and the media have seized on only one of the nine potential areas and over-exaggerated its importance. As this case moves forward and more facts become known, the district will decide if any of these areas might not be applicable. That can certainly happen in this case."

-- Superintendent of Schools Bruce Burns