Parents sue Penn Hills School District, allege assault by teacher
Penn Hills School District failed to terminate a teacher who physically assaulted a student, the parents of the student claim in a lawsuit moved to federal court on Thursday.
The parents and the child are only identified in the lawsuit by initials. The lawsuit originally filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas claims a high school math teacher in October 2012 slammed a door on the child's hand and kept his hand pinned against the door frame until a security guard freed the student.
Instead of firing the teacher, the high school had the student sit in the library during math class until it arranged for him to take a different math class, the lawsuit says.
The district had the case moved to federal court because the parents claim the district's behavior violated the student's federal civil rights. The district's solicitor couldn't be reached for comment.
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