The mother of a 7-year-old boy filed a lawsuit on July 2 against the Downtown Miami Charter School, after administrators at the school failed to stop an older classmate from bullying and sexually assaulting the child.
The boy, known only as “John” in the lawsuit told his mother in November 2011, that an 11-year-old named in the lawsuit as “J.R.” made him “do something nasty” on the school bus, which included forcing the younger boy to perform oral sex on “J.R.” the New York Daily News wrote the police report as saying.
“John’s” mother contacted the school’s principal, Rebecca Dinda, who said “the assault would not happen again and that the two children would be separated and closely monitored.” However, the lawsuit claims that the bullying did happen again, as did a second sexual assault in a restroom in the school.
According to “John’s” mother, the young boy has twice attempted suicide, since the incidents with “J.R.” and is undergoing therapy, is on psychological medications, suffers sleeping difficulties and has trouble making friends.
It is unknown if criminal investigations by the Miami Police Department have concluded.
The lawsuit seeks damages “in the millions” for what could be years of therapy for “John.”
60 Patients Have Filed Suit against Exeter Hospital over Hepatitis C Outbreak
About 60 patients of Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire have filed complaints or joined class action lawsuits against the facility over the hepatitis C outbreak, which health officials believe may have been caused by a “drug diversion” scenario, when hospital employees steal medications from the hospital, inject the drugs, and then reuse the contaminated needles on patients.
12 patients filed individual lawsuits against the hospital, while another 47 joined a class action. Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that one employee and 26 patients have been diagnosed with an identical hepatitis C virus. Thus far, the cardiac catheterization lab is the common denominator.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New Hampshire Attorney General are investigating the outbreak to determine if criminal charges can be brought. Three other hospitals in the US have reported “drug diversion” outbreaks over the past eleven years, the CDC reports.
10 of the plaintiffs have tested positive for hepatitis C, 20 are awaiting their test results, while the rest have tested negative but have sued due to the health scare.
Exeter Hospital has refused to comment on the situation, pending litigation and investigations.