Washoe County School District settles teacher abuse lawsuit



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RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County School District has agreed to pay $1.35 million to two families that accused a special education teacher of abusing their children.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (http://on.rgj.com/2aWtqf5 ) that on Friday attorneys for both families filed documents listing the agreement, which is awaiting approval by a judge.

According to the lawsuit, a special education teacher at Marvin Picollo School physically, verbally and emotionally abused two 8-year-olds during the 2013-14 school year. It says the teacher removed one girl from her wheelchair and shoved her on a horse during an equine therapy program, among other issues.

The teacher no longer works for the school district.

The district's attorney says the settlement supports the district's ongoing commitment to ensuring Washoe County schools are safe.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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