A federal lawsuit was recently filed against former employees of Hilliard Elementary School in Houston. The lawsuit was provoked by an alleged beating that took place in May 2010. The plaintiff claims that her daughter was severely beaten by fellow students at the provocation of her teacher. The lawsuit named the school district, the principle (at the time of the incident), and two teachers as defendants.
The mother claims that, at the time of the incident, is was clear that her daughter was living with mental retardation and some other cognitive impairments. She also claims that her daughter may not have been the only victim of mistreatment, but that Hilliard Elementary staff not only tolerated but often promoted hostility toward children with mental impairments.
Allegedly, the daughter required inpatient mental health treatment after the incident and is still living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Should the mother win the case on behalf of her daughter, the defendants could be forced to pay damages. It should also be noted that currently, the two teachers named in the lawsuit are not listed in Hilliard Elementary School's staff directory.