Seminole will pay $500,000 to student whom teacher abused

An autistic student who a jury said was abused by former teacher Kathleen Garrett will get $500,000 from the Seminole County School Board and its insurers to settle a lawsuit claiming that the board was negligent. Read more
Where does the money go

Kissimmee, FL

#1 May 13, 2009
There's where a few of the cut teacher's salaries are going.
Business as usual

Orlando, FL

#2 May 13, 2009
The school system is notorious for turning a deaf ear to allegations of abuse in the classroom! The tax payers need to demand answers from the school board on this total waste of tax dollars because of incompetence! Then they want Us to keep forking out more dollars to save their cushy jobs?
Get in Line

Winter Garden, FL

#3 May 13, 2009
Better get in line to sue the school board, because everybody loves a wind fall gain at somebody else's expense. To them it's like a chance to hit the lottery. The settlements were just too large.
slipnot

Coppell, TX

#4 May 13, 2009
Lucky they even got to sue. The republicans are trying to make it where you can't sue the government for wrong doing. So keep voting for them until your in a prison camp.
enough already

Dunedin, FL

#5 May 13, 2009
Judge Simmons: that decision stinks!

WHY ARE WE HAVING TO PAY FOR THIS? PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL _ MAKE THEIR FAMILIES PAY! WAKE UP!
Questioning

Kissimmee, FL

#6 May 13, 2009
"with the school district paying $288,000 out of its own funds."

The school board has no funds. That's OUR money they are using to pay this suit; unless the board members are writing checks from their own accounts (which I doubt).
Penguin Mom

Orlando, FL

#8 May 13, 2009
I hope this money goes into a TRUST for this child and not into the greedy hands of the parents.

I agree that the teacher was wrong, but this abuse does NOT measure up to a $500,000 prize.

Having dealt with my child's Seminole County school, I can tell you that it is like talking to a brick wall. I have complained to Dede Shaffner and she never bothered to respond to my letter.( I will respond next time she is up for reelection..and vote against her )
Penguin Mom

Orlando, FL

#9 May 13, 2009
enough already wrote:
Judge Simmons: that decision stinks!
WHY ARE WE HAVING TO PAY FOR THIS? PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL _ MAKE THEIR FAMILIES PAY! WAKE UP!
EXCELLENT IDEA....but the lawyers don't want that because it would cut into their paycheck.
for real

Wilmington, DE

#10 May 13, 2009
What good is a half a million to a retard? Yeah, jump on me for my language, but I've worked with autistic children. They become autistic adults who function--barely--as children. Of course the kid's parents are going to buy a nice house and take a nice vacation or two while they hire a babysitter for the kid. Chances are they already restrain him at home, just like the teacher did.
It makes you wonder

Lakeland, FL

#11 May 13, 2009
I agree, as a taxpayer I am annoyed that these people are taking MY money. They should go after the teacher PERSONALLY rather than hold the Seminole County taxpayers responsible. How in the world does the school board expect to get people on board with paying more taxes for the schools when they p*ss our money away like that.

I hope the family of this child really uses the money for their autistic son and doesn't go out on a taxpayers' spending spree for themselves.

“Proud Southerner”

Since: Feb 09

Solsberry, IN

#12 May 13, 2009
Penguin Mom wrote:
I hope this money goes into a TRUST for this child and not into the greedy hands of the parents.
I agree that the teacher was wrong, but this abuse does NOT measure up to a $500,000 prize.
Having dealt with my child's Seminole County school, I can tell you that it is like talking to a brick wall. I have complained to Dede Shaffner and she never bothered to respond to my letter.( I will respond next time she is up for reelection..and vote against her )
Everyone is "sue" happy these days. This child won't see a nickel of this money, but you can bet mommy and daddy will be driving brand new cars. If the child does not have any lasting injuries, there should be no payoff. Discipline the teacher and be done with it.
Special Needs Schools

Lakeland, FL

#13 May 13, 2009
Also, I must wonder why this kid wasn't put in school that specializes in autistic children. Why in the world do we push these kids to be mainstreamed into the regular schools? I would guess that many teachers have no idea how to handle a special needs child. My guess is that because of funding issues many kids that should be in special classes are placed into regular ed classes for cost sake.

“Proud Southerner”

Since: Feb 09

Solsberry, IN

#14 May 13, 2009
How many teachers salaries and school programs could have been saved with this money? But his parents will be the first ones screaming when there is no school program (free daycare) for their child.

“Proud Southerner”

Since: Feb 09

Solsberry, IN

#15 May 13, 2009
Special Needs Schools wrote:
Also, I must wonder why this kid wasn't put in school that specializes in autistic children. Why in the world do we push these kids to be mainstreamed into the regular schools? I would guess that many teachers have no idea how to handle a special needs child. My guess is that because of funding issues many kids that should be in special classes are placed into regular ed classes for cost sake.
These children are mainstreamed to make them feel normal. While I sympathise that these children were born with birth defects, they are in fact, not normal. They are a severe distraction in the classrooms, they have behavioral problems, amongst other problems, that are distracting to younger children struggling to learn. While I do feel for these kids and there parents, without sounding like a totally heartless person, it's not my fault nor my problem. Why should my childs education be jeopardized so yours can feel normal? They need to be in special schools, with specialized teachers.
Compensation

United States

#16 May 14, 2009
Unfortunately ignorance of supervisors and employees cost big money to deep pockets (taxpayers)
Not one of you would stand by and let someone abuse your dog, let alone your child. You would be the first
to scream abuse.Then all your greedy friends would tell you "you have a suit" why don't you call a lawyer. Some will cave in, some will not. I am willing to bet the parents of the autistic child man-handled and tasered by the three Lake Co deputies in March will show up with the likes of Mark NeJame and win millions.
George

Wildwood, FL

#17 May 14, 2009
No wonder school districts are having budget difficulties. Keep electing these incompetent school officials and expect more of the same.
Good Grief

Orlando, FL

#18 May 14, 2009
Special Needs Schools wrote:
Also, I must wonder why this kid wasn't put in school that specializes in autistic children. Why in the world do we push these kids to be mainstreamed into the regular schools? I would guess that many teachers have no idea how to handle a special needs child. My guess is that because of funding issues many kids that should be in special classes are placed into regular ed classes for cost sake.
This was a special education class...this teacher is an incompetent idiot! I would bet my bank account that there have been warning signs about the teachers inability to handle the class and what did the Administration do? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Therefore if you want to blame someone blame the school officials who by the way work for us!
Justathought

Orlando, FL

#19 May 14, 2009
Good Grief wrote:
<quoted text>
This was a special education class...this teacher is an incompetent idiot! I would bet my bank account that there have been warning signs about the teachers inability to handle the class and what did the Administration do? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Therefore if you want to blame someone blame the school officials who by the way work for us!
Thank goodness someone read the information before commenting. The only thing I see here is that if you took the word "Autistic" out of the story then all these other moronic posters would change their tune! What if this had been a "normal" child, that belonged to you, and the teacher had several complaints against them for years before they pinned your child to the desk until he turned blue? Who would you sue? The unemployed, jailed teacher or the school system that allowed the teacher to teach your child. Of course, if your child is a behavior problem then maybe you should be sending him to military school to have it deprogrammed from him!!!

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