Suit says BISD teacher assaulted student

David Yates Sep. 18, 2007, 1:24pm

A former student at Central High School in Beaumont, Texas is claiming a teacher "excessively" disciplined him.

Monneccaa Woodside O'Hara filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf oh her minor son against BISD and local teacher Tony Brown on Sept. 17, 2005 in the Jefferson County District Court.

According to the plaintiff's original petition, on Sept. 13, 2005, on the premise of Central High, Woodside O'Hara's son was allegedly assaulted by Brown.

"…Defendant Tony Brown engaged in discipline of a student, the minor plaintiff, involving excessive force," the suit said, adding that the alleged waives BISD's sovereign immunity.

The Central High Web site did not list Tony Brown among its current staff. Also, an immediate news search and a call to the Beaumont police Department did not reveal any additional information.

Further, the suit does not describe the incident in detail, nor does it give specifics as to the nature of the student's injuries.

The suit only alleges BISD was negligent, and that the student is suing for past and future medical expenses, physical pain, mental anguish, disfigurement, impairment, loss of earning capacity and loss of household services.

"BISD was negligent…and caused minor plaintiff's injuries," the suit said.

The plaintiffs are demanding a trial by jury and are represented by attorney Justin Sanderson of the McPherson, Monk, Hughes, Bradley, Wimberley & Steele law firm.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th Judicial District, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D180-031

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