Wednesday, February 10, 2010

CA: Lawsuit - Teacher Allegedly Hit 15 yr old with Clipboard

From The Orange County Register:

Published: Feb. 5, 2010
Updated: Feb. 10, 2010 12:12 p.m.

HUNTINGTON BEACH -- A Huntington Beach teen is suing the city's high school district claiming that a teacher hit him in the face with a clipboard and then asked, "You want another shot?", according to court documents.

Cruz Pontes, now 16, filed a lawsuit Jan. 28 against the Huntington Beach Union High School District and teacher George Steven Higi alleging assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence. Higi is a language arts teacher at Valley Vista High School, a continuation school.

The suit alleges that Pontes sustained bodily injury, shock, and injury to his nervous system. He needed X-rays, hospitalization and an ambulance, the suit says.


Pontes previously filed a claim against the district for $200,000, which school board members voted to deny Sept. 4.

The suit says Higi struck Pontes Sept. 5 while the student was at the Huntington Beach High School gymnasium for a field trip and was sitting on the bleachers.

Pontes responded by asking, "Do you know what you have done?" the suit says.

Higi replied: "You shouldn't have interrupted me. You want another shot?" the suit says.


Pontes alleges that school administration "brushed off" the incident saying, "It's not our problem, go to your own school and handle it."

He says he was later labeled a "snitch" and assaulted by other students. Pontes was not allowed to return to regular school programs, the suit said.

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