Autistic child gets $520,000 in suit ...

Autistic child gets $520,000 in suit alleging teacher abuse

There are 22 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 25, 2007, titled Autistic child gets $520,000 in suit alleging teacher abuse. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

An autistic student whose mother said that former teacher Kathleen Garrett abused him got a $520,000 settlement Tuesday from the Seminole County School Board.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Orlando Sentinel.

First Prev
of 2
Next Last
Wanda

United States

#1 Apr 25, 2007
Gee I wander if the Seminole County school board would give me money like this kid for when the bus driver slapped me on the face and left a major mark.
OrlandoRealist

Longwood, FL

#2 Apr 26, 2007
No, because you wouldn't dserve it, just like the parents of this kid don't....our tax dollars are going to this greedy lawyer and parent.
OrlandoRealist

Longwood, FL

#3 Apr 26, 2007
The parents don't deserve $500k of our tax money! Just think of the good that the money could have done for schools...instead it'll line the pockets of a greedy lawyer and their greedy client.....
Need for change

Orlando, FL

#4 Apr 26, 2007
What funds are awarded to care-takers who endure the tissue damage caused by extreme aggression in the forms of relentless grabbing, pinching and biting? How is a person to protect themselves without fear of being accused of abuse? Appropriate training and support are required for these students and their staff. Schools must stop letting teachers "sink or swim" and take the fall alone. Let's focus on funding ways to train safe intervention. If you have not been alone with an aggressive, assaultive student attacking you repeatedly, you do not have a right to judge. We will never know what really happened, but the success of students is dependent on teachers being willing to try. If they are not made to feel safe in trying, you will soon find there are less teachers for these students than the shortage we currently face. I wonder if the person responsible for the management of this student's finances would consider funding training and support for the greater good of autistic children?
Sarah 75

Orlando, FL

#5 Apr 26, 2007
OrlandoRealist wrote:
The parents don't deserve $500k of our tax money! Just think of the good that the money could have done for schools...instead it'll line the pockets of a greedy lawyer and their greedy client.....
What did the parents do to you?
Lets see, what if you sent your baby to school and they got smacked around? Wouldn't you expect compensation?
Hopefully, the parents will use the money to set their child up for life, and maybe donate some of it to the new Chase Academy, a private school trying to open up in Volusia County, a school for autistic children. That would be lovely.
Sarah 75

Orlando, FL

#6 Apr 26, 2007
I admit, I get fired up over this one. My son has autism. If I ever saw an adult try to hurt him...I can't even say how I would react. I'd probably be in jail for either killing them or seriously kicking their ass.
I just know

Orlando, FL

#7 Apr 26, 2007
The funny thing is the kid who was awarded this money was not even part of the criminal case. He was a separate student who was very violent in the classroom. He lived in a group home for almost killing his mother by pushing her down a flight of stairs. The teacher actually liked this kid very much and he was never struck. I can only imagine what the kids who were really abused will get money wise. It is amazing how much the county could of saved money wise if they would of taken care of this problem a long time ago. Money that could of gone to training or hiring new teachers or even giving our old teachers some raises. Nope they keep the money aside for situations just like this. Bet the county pays out over $3 million in the end just to maybe get this case done and over with.
For your INfo

Melbourne, FL

#8 Apr 28, 2007
It is sad to see how people without any knowledge of what went on in that classroom or how the family dynamic is are quick to judge. The child in question was not in a grouphome for almost killing his mother but rather to acquire skills that otherwise he will never learn. The child had some behavioral problems that were being workout by possitive reimforcement the only real thing that works. This animal that was posing as a teacher only added more traumal to all the kids in her classroom. Not only did she exposed them to the physical abuse but also the mental anguish that this can of behavior can cause a child with autism. Autistic children mimic what they see in their environment and will react likewise. The damage that she caused to all of the children in her classroom may take a lifetime to correct, we can only hope. Before passing judgement to the parents for bringing action against a system that fail to do what they needed to do to protect these children learn what autism is and how does it work. Also, the money that gets awarded to these children is place on a special trust fund for use only for the benefit of the child, the parents do not get the money. Only a parent of an autistic child can really understand how difficult it is to find people that really care and really want to help our children. We need to stop think and treating them as second hand citizens.
I just know

Orlando, FL

#9 Apr 28, 2007
For your INfo wrote:
It is sad to see how people without any knowledge of what went on in that classroom or how the family dynamic is are quick to judge. The child in question was not in a grouphome for almost killing his mother but rather to acquire skills that otherwise he will never learn. The child had some behavioral problems that were being workout by possitive reimforcement the only real thing that works. This animal that was posing as a teacher only added more traumal to all the kids in her classroom. Not only did she exposed them to the physical abuse but also the mental anguish that this can of behavior can cause a child with autism. Autistic children mimic what they see in their environment and will react likewise. The damage that she caused to all of the children in her classroom may take a lifetime to correct, we can only hope. Before passing judgement to the parents for bringing action against a system that fail to do what they needed to do to protect these children learn what autism is and how does it work. Also, the money that gets awarded to these children is place on a special trust fund for use only for the benefit of the child, the parents do not get the money. Only a parent of an autistic child can really understand how difficult it is to find people that really care and really want to help our children. We need to stop think and treating them as second hand citizens.
In regards to your response, I do just know as I was in the classroom, I do know what happened. As for the information on this child well once again that is the profile information given to the staff on the child. I do agree with all the other things you said about how these things can effect the child. They do mimic what they see and if that is the reason why this child was so violent then go for the law suit. And yes you are correct the money does not just go to the parent. But let us remember the media does not put that out and as of right now it is reported as a "cash settelment" by the county. So unfortuantely, the kids, the parents and the other employees involved all become the scapegoat of how bad they are instead of the monster teacher herself who sits at home on probation,out of work (yeah right)and does not have to pay for her probation fees. And lets remeber those assistants who stood up and took so much just to protect THESE children. How the parents targeted them instead of maybe a thank you for stopping this woman. Oh but no they are bad people too right? This child would of never even stood a chance for a law suit if it was not for them standing up to this monster. Nobody ever stops and thinks how this effected their children and their families.
Wanda

United States

#10 Apr 28, 2007
OrlandoRealist wrote:
No, because you wouldn't dserve it, just like the parents of this kid don't....our tax dollars are going to this greedy lawyer and parent.
The child didn't deserve to be hit around and neither did I.
For your Info

Winter Park, FL

#11 Apr 30, 2007
I am greatful to the staff that took a stand to save these children from the horror that they were induring and I never agreed with the way they were treated. As a parent you always want to protect your child and not having that power all the time is difficult especially when you think your child is at a safe place, then something like this happen.
dolphinwellness

Antalya, Turkey

#12 May 29, 2007
Wanda wrote:
Gee I wander if the Seminole County school board would give me money like this kid for when the bus driver slapped me on the face and left a major mark.
doplhintherapy
dolphinwellness

Antalya, Turkey

#13 May 29, 2007
dolphinwellness

Antalya, Turkey

#14 May 29, 2007
Sarah 75 wrote:
<quoted text>
What did the parents do to you?
Lets see, what if you sent your baby to school and they got smacked around? Wouldn't you expect compensation?
Hopefully, the parents will use the money to set their child up for life, and maybe donate some of it to the new Chase Academy, a private school trying to open up in Volusia County, a school for autistic children. That would be lovely.
doplhintherapy
Wanda

Peck, KS

#16 May 31, 2007
dolphinwellness wrote:
www.dolphinwellness.com
Are you feeling okay???
Just A Comment

AOL

#17 Jun 2, 2007
The only thing I can say is I wasn't there so I don't know what really happened. However I can say from experience that working with a child/adult with autisim can be diffuculty. I beleive every caregiver wants to help that child/adult. But sometimes the situation can become almost unbearable when you are working with an individual who becomes violent/aggressive. What I can say is I was working with an individual with autisim who became aggressively violent for no reason. One moment he was watching tv and the next moment he was running outside and destroying property.

He became violent with me and attacked me. Ofcourse I did not show any aggression towards the individual. I ended up with 2 cutfingers and a very bad black bruise on my leg. Things could have been worse for me if I didn't grab the item this individual was trying to hurt me with. To make it a sad situation the family was upset with me because the individual destroyed someone else's property. Did I mention my car was also damaged and my wounds did not heal for weeks. After I quit I found out that this individual had been through 6 caregivers in less than 3 months because of the aggressive behavior. I felt sorry for this individual because his family was blaming everyone for his behavior, instaed of getting him the help he needed.
i will

Mountain View, CA

#18 Nov 18, 2008
blow up the school board for this................
momchild with autism

AOL

#20 Aug 6, 2009
I hope that people get the message that we will not tolerate the abuse of our children!
belinda lee

United States

#21 Sep 9, 2009
Need for change wrote:
What funds are awarded to care-takers who endure the tissue damage caused by extreme aggression in the forms of relentless grabbing, pinching and biting? How is a person to protect themselves without fear of being accused of abuse? Appropriate training and support are required for these students and their staff. Schools must stop letting teachers "sink or swim" and take the fall alone. Let's focus on funding ways to train safe intervention. If you have not been alone with an aggressive, assaultive student attacking you repeatedly, you do not have a right to judge. We will never know what really happened, but the success of students is dependent on teachers being willing to try. If they are not made to feel safe in trying, you will soon find there are less teachers for these students than the shortage we currently face. I wonder if the person responsible for the management of this student's finances would consider funding training and support for the greater good of autistic children?
you know that if this is getting to you what our autistic children do not because they have a behavior problem but a comminication problem then it's time for you to chage profesions. I was once a live in aid (nurse aid) once I had children of my own. I and the clients children thought it was best. Maybe you outta think about it no child deserves to be abused
belinda lee

United States

#22 Sep 9, 2009
OrlandoRealist wrote:
No, because you wouldn't dserve it, just like the parents of this kid don't....our tax dollars are going to this greedy lawyer and parent.
yeah right glad not your child you are very wrong

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Seminole Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Cops: Florida woman fatally shoots carjacker Oct 20 tombuckley 1
Church (sic) of scientology is running ads "Sto... Oct 19 USS LIBERTY 5
News Why Does John Travolta Live in Ocala, Fla.? (Jan '09) Oct 19 indict AIPAC 69
Church (sic) of scientology is RACIST! Oct 19 indict TOM MARINO 5
Message Boars Oct 19 AnnaD 1
What is the best room in the house for Tile Walls? Oct 18 KSWholesaleTile 1
HARVEY WEINSTIEN is Clearwater's NEWEST sciento... Oct 10 Reality Speaks 1

Seminole Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Seminole Mortgages