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Trial delayed in Kan. military school lawsuit

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A jury trial in the federal lawsuit alleging abuse at a Kansas military boarding school has been put off to 2014.

Former cadets at St. John's Military School in Salina filed suit in March of this year, alleging higher-ranking students were encouraged to discipline younger ones. The plaintiffs contend the practice led to physical and mental abuse.

St. John's has denied the allegations.

The trial was initially set for October 2013, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Gale last week rescheduled it to March 2014.

Defense lawyers requested the extra time to prepare after more former cadets joined the lawsuit. The plaintiffs objected to the request.

Attorneys expect the trial to take two to three weeks.