Three more families settle over suspected abuse by special education teacher

Oct 25, 2015 by

Settlements totaling $5.3 million have been reached with five of six families that filed lawsuit

The Rocklin Unified School District reached settlements this week with three additional families in a federal lawsuit regarding suspected abuse of students by a special education teacher.

The settlements approved Wednesday and Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento totaled $2.8 million, according to court records available online. Settlements totaling $2.5 million with two other families were announced in September, bringing the total in the case thus far to $5.3 million.

Six families filed suit in April, two weeks after the Placer County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against teacher Sherry Ann McDaniel. The criminal and civil cases stem from allegations against McDaniel that include taping a child’s hands to the desk, forcefully picking up and locking a child out of the classroom, and pushing her body into that of a student.

In addition to McDaniel and the Rocklin Unified School District, the lawsuit named as defendants Charles Thibideau, principal of Breen Elementary School; Janna Cambra, director of special education during the 2013-14 school year; Betty Jo Wessinger, director of special education from 2012 to 2013; current district Superintendent Roger Stock; former district Superintendent Kevin Brown; and Todd Cutler, a deputy superintendent during the period in which the abuse is claimed to have occurred.

Source: Three more families settle with Rocklin school district over suspected abuse by special education teacher | The Sacramento Bee

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    I hope criminals charges will occur here too. I should also mention the teaching license needs to be revoked for all of our states. to abuse a child that has problems is truly the depths of depravity for a “teacher”.

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