Atlanta Public Schools are paying $ 750,000 to the family of a student who is alleged to have been sexually assaulted.
When most parents send their children to school, there is some expectation that their children will be well looked after. One of the last things on a parent’s mind when dropping their child off at school is that something bad can happen, or that a teacher is taking advantage of their child. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to a student at Atlanta Public Schools, and as a result, his parents sued the school in 2020. The school district recently agreed to settle the $ 750,000 federal lawsuit.
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The lawsuit itself alleged that the district “failed to protect the middle school student from a former paraprofessional student accused of repetitive sexual assault”. The lawsuit argued that Sanchez Waller, “who worked as a paraprofessional at Bunche Middle School, sexually assaulted an eighth grade student several times in 2018.” As a result, Waller was released from his position in May 2018 and arrested shortly afterwards. From there, he was charged with child molestation, sexual battery and other cases. The criminal proceedings are still ongoing.
The family’s lawsuit against Atlanta Public Schools alleged that the district was “aware of at least one incident in which Waller had inappropriate contact with another male student months before the alleged attack on their son.” The student is identified in the court documents by a pseudonym.
Unfortunately, Wallers District was unable to properly investigate previous incidents with the other male student, which allowed him to stay in school and attack the student mentioned in the lawsuit. The lawsuit also alleged that “the district has been deliberately and deliberately indifferent to the history of inappropriate contact and threats posed by Waller’s district.”
The family learned of their son’s alleged abuse in early May 2018 when he told his mother about it. From there, his parents alerted the school, and the student “missed the last three weeks of the school year and suffered from depression and loss of self-confidence” as a result of the abuse. The family later left Georgia and filed the lawsuit.
In addition to naming Atlanta Public Schools and Waller as defendants, “Former Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and Tommy Usher, an Associate Superintendent, were also originally named as defendants.” Carstarphen and Usher were released from their lawsuit in December.
As part of the settlement agreement, the school family receives two equal payments: “One in this fiscal year and one in the fiscal year beginning July 1.” The school authorities said the settlement would “completely resolve the pending litigation”.
Atlanta Public Schools are paying $ 750,000 to settle the sexual assault lawsuit
The lawsuit alleges that the Atlanta Public Schools ignored the sexual assault allegations