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The mother of a Yonkers (N.Y.) High School junior-varsity football player who died of heart failure during a 1983 game has sued the City of Yonkers for $20 million. Also named in the suit filed last month by Hilda Guedes were the school board--the fourth largest in the state--Superintendent Joan M. Raymond, and eight other district employees.

Ms. Guedes claims that the officials were negligent for allowing her 17-year-old son, Fernando, to play on the football team despite a heart ailment. A subsequent autopsy showed that Fernando's heart had failed "because of too much effort demanded of it." (See Education Week, Jan. 11, 1984.)

The Nebraska Supreme Court has overturned the eight-month jail sentence imposed on the Rev. Everett Sileven, a fundamentalist Christian minister who operates the Faith Christian School in Louisville. (See Education Week, May 23, 1984.)

The judges found that Cass County District Judge Ronald E. Reagan erred in giving Mr. Sileven such a severe penalty for civil contempt.

The judges concluded, wrote Judge William C. Hastings, that although the proceedings had the characteristics of civil contempt proceedings, "... the sanction imposed was very definitely criminal in nature."

Mr. Sileven was charged with contempt after he refused to testify about the operation of the Faith Christian School. Until Nebraska lawmakers approved a compromise bill last spring, the school had operated in violation of state law.

A Fayette County, W.Va., 1st-grade teacher named by a state agency in an investigation of 18 incidents of child abuse has filed suit against the agency's commissioner in an attempt to obtain an unedited copy of the report.

Sue Boley, a teacher at Gauley Bridge Elementary School, was found over a period of two years to have tied 18 students to their chairs and taped their mouths closed, according to Human Services Commissioner Ed Burdette. (See Education Week, Jan. 9, 1985.)

In her suit, filed this month in Fayette County Circuit Court, she is seeking an unedited copy of the report to determine who filed complaints against her, according to Gordon Billheimer, Ms. Boley's lawyer. Ms. Boley received a copy of the report with the names deleted, Mr. Billheimer said.

Ms. Boley's suit also seeks a temporary injunction to prevent Mr. Burdette--who has discussed the investigation's findings with the children's parents--and other department officials from commenting publicly on the investigation, Mr. Billheimer said. And the suit asks the court to order the human-services department to turn over to Mr. Billheimer any evidence that shows Ms. Boley's innocence.

Vol. 04, Issue 17

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