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Family of Disabled North Texas Student Awarded $1M

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A federal jury has awarded $1 million to a North Texas family that sued a school district over claims it didn’t stop a special education teacher from injuring their disabled son.


The family of Terrence Rideau the Second was awarded the damages Friday by the jury in Fort Worth. The 18-year-old Rideau cannot talk and is confined to a wheelchair.


The lawsuit alleged Rideau suffered a head contusion, fractured thumb and dislocated knee as a result of mistreatment by the teacher in 2009 and 2010 at a school in Keller, northeast of Fort Worth.


Thomas Brandt, an attorney for the Keller school district, tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram there’s no evidence the injuries occurred at school.


The teacher no longer works for the district.

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