A special-ed student is suing Reynolds School District
after several other students allegedly beat him up on a school bus last year.
According to a lawsuit filed Sept. 17 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the student at the Reynolds Alternative Middle School
boarded a bus home after school on Jan. 22, 2009. He took a seat behind the bus driver, according to the lawsuit. Five of his fellow students were sitting at the back of the bus
, the lawsuit says.
According to the lawsuit, four of the students at the back of the bus approached the plaintiff from behind and began hitting and punching him. Then they pulled him to the floor and repeatedly kicked and kneed him in the head and ribs
, the lawsuit says. The fifth student from the back of the bus acted as a lookout, according to the suit.
The bus driver could see the child being beaten, the lawsuit says. She called and told a school dispatcher, but the dispatcher failed to call 911, according to the suit. The driver stopped the bus at H.B. Lee Middle School
, where two teachers told the driver to take the student home without medical attention, the lawsuit says.
The district was negligent and allowed a vulnerable person to be abused by "failing to take sufficient action to prevent or stop such abuse under circumstances in which they knew or should have known of the abuse,"the lawsuit says.
The student suffered a broken nose, cervical strain, multiple abrasions and a dislocated left middle finger, the lawsuit says. The suit, filed by Portland lawyer Jeffrey Mutnick, seeks $25,000 for medical bills plus $75,000 for pain and suffering.
A spokeswoman for Reynolds—which serves portions of outer East Portland, Gresham, Wood Village, Fairview and Troutdale—says the district has not yet been served with the lawsuit.
But she said the district was aware of the incident and took action, including paying the injured student's medical bills.
"The district took some strong actions at the time," said spokeswoman Andrea Watson. "I know it was a very serious incident."
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