Sexually Abused Student Gets $8.8M
The family of a Dallas, Texas student who was sexually assaulted by her teacher has been awarded $8.8 million by the school. The plaintiffs argued that the school was negligent in hiring and supervising the teacher and that they used threats to force the student to withdrawal from the school after the allegations surfaced.
The Case Against the School
In 2009, police contacted school officials after finding the 16-year-old student and her 34-year-old teacher in her car in an abandoned parking lot. The teacher resigned and was charged with sexual assault of a child. According to reports, a month later, school officials pushed the girl to withdraw from the school or face expulsion. She withdrew, and her family sued the school claiming:
- negligent hiring, training and supervision
- gross negligence
- breach of fiduciary duty
Injuries to the Child and Jury Verdict
Plaintiffs' attorneys alleged the 16-year-old victim experienced serious emotional distress that required professional counseling and that her parents also experienced emotional distress. Additionally, the girl claimed physical pain and suffering from the sexual relationship with her teacher.
The jury found the school 40% liable for the sexual abuse claims and 90% liable for the alleged threats of expulsion. They awarded the family $8,853,500 in damages.
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