Family of boy videotaped while stuck in chair files lawsuit - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Family of boy videotaped while stuck in chair files lawsuit

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GOODRICH (WJRT) - (06/03/14) - The family of a boy who was videotaped while stuck in a classroom chair is suing the school district, the teacher and two other school employees.

It was in February when the attorney for the boy's family released the video to ABC12 News.

The Goodrich elementary teacher originally faced a tenure hearing to fire her, but the Goodrich school board decided to suspended her for one year instead, allowing her to keep her job.

Now, the family has filed the lawsuit.

The lawsuit lists the Goodrich Area Schools, and three of its employees, including teacher Nicole McVey.

In the civil complaint, it claims five counts of wrongdoing, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and failure to aid or protect.

The other employees named in the lawsuit are former Oaktree principal Michael Ellis, who resigned after the incident, and Terri Oliver, a para pro assigned to assist the child in school.

They were also in the classroom while McVey videotaped the child in the chair.

The 10-year-old fifth grader is a special education student diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

The lawsuit states that other staff members offered to help the child, but McVey, Ellis and Oliver refused assistance.

We were not able to reach McVey, Ellis or Oliver for comment.

The lawsuit seeks more than $25,000 in damages.
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