thank you all.
i have very mixed feelings about this. i believe it is necessary and laudable to protect children and to strongly pursue any allegations of abuse. i am glad they are vigilant in that respect. BUT - it seems that in the process - the accused person's rights are nonexistant - at least in this case - and the supposed perp becomes a victim.
we work in an international school - outside the U.S. the same laws and prtotections do not apply here. i don't know what our rights are, in fact - but it may not be possible to sue anyone. we are trying to appeal to our organization - which contracts with this independent school to provide teachers - to see what support and counsel they can offer.
"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity." - Paulo Coelho