Former students file lawsuit against Woodland Hills School District

Aug 24, 2017 by

Five former students sued the Woodland Hills School District in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleging a culture of abuse at the hands of high school administrators, security members and school resource officers.

The lawsuit names the school district, Superintendent Alan Johnson, former principal Kevin Murray, Assistant Principal Patrick Scott, Churchill borough, Churchill police officers Stephen Shaulis and Chris Lewandowski, and Dynasty Security, which provides additional security at the school, as defendants.

The former students accuse Mr. Murray, the two officers and the security team of physical assault, intimidation and filing false criminal charges against them in separate incidents. They accuse the district leadership and other administrators of ignoring the alleged abuse.

Two of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Todd Hollis and Timothy O’Brien, argue that the defendants violated the students’ rights under the U.S. Constitution, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

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“Each of these students was abused either verbally or physically by individuals with authority over them,” said Margaret Coleman, one of the three attorneys representing the students.

Source: Former students file lawsuit against Woodland Hills School District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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