A $1,000,000 settlement was awarded in a case against school officials for failing to report the abuse of a student.
The negligence suit was filed in 2009, years after the abuse had occurred. The suit was based on a rare law in Vermont that requires teachers, principals, doctors and others to report suspicions of child and sexual abuse to state authorities. The lawsuit asserted that a principal, teacher, and counselor at Roxbury Village School in Vermont suspected in 2003 that Justin Langlois was being sexually abused, but failed to report it for more than a year. During that period, Casey Langlois, Justin’s uncle, used a dog cage, collar, and chains on his then 10-to-11-year-old nephew. The uncle was sentenced to 10 to 30 years in prison.
Justin Langlois was awarded $1,000,000 and continues to advocate for child abuse awareness.
Sources: Vermont Press Bureau, North Central Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center
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