The Canton City School District and one of its former teachers will pay the student's family a combined $275,000.
The Canton City School District and one of its former teachers will pay a combined $275,000 to the family of the McKinley High School student slammed to the ground by a teacher in 2017.
The payment is part of a settlement agreement reached between the student’s family, the Canton City School District, school leaders and former intervention specialist Kenneth W. Weatherbee. The terms, which have not yet been filed in federal court, were provided to The Canton Repository by the family’s attorney, Edward L. Gilbert of Akron.
Gilbert filed the federal lawsuit on behalf of the student’s family roughly a year ago, claiming the school district and its employees violated the student’s rights — including the right to due process, against unreasonable seizure and to equal protection of the law — and created a harassing, intimidating and discriminatory environment when Weatherbee slammed the student to the ground on Dec. 4, 2017.
The district then failed to timely notify the proper authorities and misled the teen’s mother, according to the filing. Gilbert said the teen, who has a behavioral and learning disability, suffered both physical and psychological injuries. The family had sought $1.5 million.
As part of the settlement, the district agreed to pay $137,500, as well as provide mandatory training for the next 10 years for all staff on dealing with troubled students. The district also agreed to not retaliate against the student or his family. Weatherbee, who no longer works for the Canton City School District, agreed to issue a formal apology and pay $137,500, the provided documents show.
Gilbert called the agreement a positive and substantial settlement for the family.
“More importantly, it assures continued training for the school staff so that this ugly incident will not happen to any other children in this district,” Gilbert wrote in a statement. “We are pleased with this outcome.”
This is a developing story. Return to CantonRep.com later today for more details about the settlement.
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