Butte school settles with parents of bullied student

2011-12-06T11:11:00Z Butte school settles with parents of bullied studentBy JOHN GRANT EMEIGH Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
December 06, 2011 11:11 am  • 

BUTTE -- The Butte School District reached a settlement with the parents of a Hillcrest Elementary student who was bullied at the school in March 2008.

The district agreed to pay Ann and Christopher Lisac $7,500 for injuries and damages their daughter suffered when some students glued her shoes to the floor and put super glue down her back. The settlement was reached in Butte District Court on Friday, just before the Dec. 19 trial.

Court documents say the parents will receive $4,000 of the settlement for injuries and damages, and the rest will cover attorney fees and court costs.

The Lisacs filed the lawsuit in December 2009 claiming the school district was negligent by not preventing the student from being bullied.

The lawsuit stated that their daughter, who was 9 years old at the time, was being harassed by two male students in the lunchroom on March 6, 2008. The boys "super glued" her shoes to the floor and squirted the glue down the back of her shirt, and it got on her skin.

Staff in the lunchroom was accused of not responding quickly enough to prevent this behavior.

The parents also alleged in the lawsuit that the boys continued to harass their daughter a month after the incident.

The school district did discipline the boys after the gluing incident, but didn't elaborate.

The parents said their daughter was often the target at the time because she had a speech impediment and was taking special-education classes.

The Lisacs were represented by Anaconda Attorney Jeffrey Dahood.


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