Mother Files Lawsuit Over Abuse At School


A lawsuit has been filed by the mother of a former student at Maplewood Elementary, with claims that the student suffered emotional and physical abuse at the school in 2006. The lawsuit has been filed against a teacher and against Fort Wayne Community Schools, and was filed in Allen Superior Court at the beginning of this month.

Stephanie Lanier filed the lawsuit on behalf of her son, claiming that one of the teachers, physical education teacher Darla Davis, ordered other students to beat her son up when he answered a question wrong. Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are Superintendent Wendy Robinson and former Principal David Weber.

As part of the lawsuit Lanier is alleging negligence, battery, failure to supervise, and emotional distress. She is seeking unspecified damages. As a result of the beating that was received Lanier claims that her son suffered physical and emotional injuries, and incurred medical expenses.

According to reports Davis had been reprimanded in 2000 by officials at Snider High School for inappropriate behaviour and problems in classes that she taught. The reprimand stated: “If any further incidents of inappropriate classroom management or grabbing of students were to occur it will result in disciplinary action up to or including termination.”


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