Bremerton schools ordered to pay teacher locked in classroom with violent student

Bremerton schools ordered to pay teacher locked in classroom with violent student

Bremerton schools ordered to pay teacher locked in classroom with violent student A federal jury sided with a former Bremerton School District special education teacher who sued her former employer, alleging that in 2017 she was injured after being locked in a classroom with a 7-year-old student with autism who was known to be violent. The U.S. District Court jury awarded Wendy Maki $546,000, according to a statement Wednesday from Maki’s attorneys. In the lawsuit, Maki had alleged being locked in the room was retaliation by the former principal at Kitsap Lake Elementary School after Maki repeatedly reported a paraeducator for potential “sexual grooming” of students. The retaliation claim was dismissed by Judge Robert Bryan before the case went to jurors, but Maki’s attorneys said they plan to appeal, signaling the case might not be over for the district. The jury award is also not the first time the district has had to pay in a lawsuit related to Maki's allegations. In 2019, as Maki's attorneys were researching her case, they alleged the district had withheld records requested through the …
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