School district settles with family of special needs child assaulted by teacher's aides
Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:18:14 GMT —
Court papers show the Darlington County School District has agreed to pay $150,000 to the family of an 11-year-old boy who was assaulted by two teacher's aides on a school bus at Saint John's Elementary School in April 2012.
The boy is unable to communicate verbally and was 10-years-old at the time of the incident.
School bus surveillance video caught Tomeka Self and Rosanna Dudley slapping the boy.
They pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Simple Assault and Battery and were given a $268 fine.
The lawsuit said the district failed to train district employees who interact with special needs students and failed to recognize the boy didn't have the capacity to protect himself from assaults.
The lawsuit settlement says the school district denies liability for the child's injuries but proposes to compromise and settle claim.
The lawsuit has been dismissed following the settlement agreement.