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District Pays $1.75 Million to Injured Student’s Family

By The Associated Press — June 07, 2016 1 min read
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The family of an autistic teenager whose legs were broken when a teaching assistant physically restrained him will be paid $1.75 million by a Kentucky school district.

The family did not sue the Jefferson County school system, and an internal investigation found no evidence of excessive force, but the district decided to resolve the case anyway, a spokeswoman said.

The boy nearly died. He spent a week in intensive care and needed blood transfusions to survive.

Witnesses said he was being disruptive before a teaching assistant gripped him from behind and lowered him from a chair to the floor in November 2014. Medical experts said their descriptions don’t match the injuries.

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A version of this article appeared in the June 08, 2016 edition of Education Week as District Pays $1.75 Million To Injured Student’s Family

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