Lawyers agree to dismiss Penn Hills High School student lawsuit
The parents of a Penn Hills High School student have apparently settled their lawsuit claiming the district failed to terminate a teacher who they said physically assaulted their son.
The parents and the child are only identified in the lawsuit by initials. U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill on Wednesday approved a motion from both sides to dismiss the case “without prejudice,” which leaves open the possibility of the parents refilling the lawsuit.
The motion doesn’t provide any details of the agreement. Jeffrey Ruder, the lawyer for the parents, and Craig Alexander, the school district’s solicitor, couldn’t be reached for comment.
The lawsuit claimed 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 said.
The district said in court documents that it provided the student with math instruction during its investigation and that the teacher was terminated in December 2012.