Thursday, May 14, 2009

FL: Teacher Abuse Lawsuits Costing Seminole Co. $3M

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 5:20:01 AM

SANFORD -- Seminole County is still paying to settle lawsuits stemming from former teacher Kathleen Garrett's actions in the classroom.

Tuesday night, the Seminole County School Board settled a lawsuit with an autistic student for $500,000.

The lawsuit claimed the board was negligent, and that it should have suspected Garrett abused students because of several claims against the teacher from previous years.

Garrett was convicted of holding a boy's head on a desk until the student turned blue while she was a teacher at South Seminole Middle School in Casselberry.

Attorneys decided to settle instead of taking the case to court.

This is the sixth settlement the board and its insurers have made in cases involving Garrett.  The total spent so far tops $3 million.

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