This week, Attorney Greg Yaghmai initiated a lawsuit seeking justice for the 13-year-old victim of a disturbing paddling incident at Plainview School in DeKalb County, Alabama.
In an incident that caused public outrage, the teacher paddled the honor student for failing to pass a science test.
The 12-page lawsuit was filed by Melissa Lewis on behalf of her son Payton Lewis, after he came home from school with bruises on his body claiming to having been beaten by his science teacher, Mr. Stuart Mitchell. The suit against the teacher and the DeKalb County Board of Education alleges violation of the student's due process, negligent training and supervision of a school system employee, and wantonness assault and battery on the part of Mitchell.
Long standing problem in school system
While Alabama is one of 19 states in the country that still allows corporal punishment in schools, the DeKalb County Board of Education's guidelines only permit "the moderate use of physical force" for disciplinary reasons. The guidelines also require that students be given an alternative to corporal punishment, such as alternative school or detention.
Unfortunately, paddling has been a very long-standing problem at this school. Through this lawsuit, the firm is seeking justice not just for Payton but also for other students who may have been beaten. In addition, we hope that the lawsuit and surrounding media attention will prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
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