Vicious Attack Caught On Camera. Watch.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The family of a child with learning disabilities, brutally beaten at Omni Middle School, has filed a lawsuit against the Palm Beach County School District.
BocaNewsNow.com was first to report on January 31, 2020 that student Daniel Kateb was attacked by a group of bullies as it appeared teachers and other employees did nothing. The fight was caught on camera. If you are reading in a news app and the video does not appear, click here.
“The school knew this was happening,” said the boy’s father — Dr. David Kateb — exclusively to BocaNewsNow.com just after the incident. “They let this happen and they know what was going on. The only reason (Principal Nikkia Deluz) issued a statement (through a robocall) is because the video came out.”
“The school district knew he was vulnerable,” said Lisa Kateb, the boy’s mother. She told BocaNewsNow.com that The School District had him transferred from Eagles Landing to Omni due to alleged bullying at that school.
In the just filed lawsuit, attorneys for the Kateb family state:
“Plaintiff was attacked and severely beaten up at school by other students which was horrifically caught on video. Prior to (the attack), Plaintiff’s parents had complained to the Defendant, the School District of Palm Beach County’s representatives including the Principal, Nikkia Deluz, that Plaintiff was being bullied prior to the attack. The parents made multiple complaints to the Defendant, the School District of Palm Beach County, that the Plaintiff’s minor child was being bulled by other students and was concerned about his safety.”
Adds the suit:
“The Defendant, the School District of Palm Beach County, was negligent, including but not limited to the following: failing to investigate Plaintiff’s parents’ complaints to the Defendant the minor child was being bullied and threatened; failing to provide a safe school environment; failing to take appropriate precautions and removing Plaintiff from an unsafe environment; failing to provide supervision and assistance to prevent harm to Plaintiff.”
The suit seeks in excess of $30,000, the statutory minimum for a circuit court filing.
The Kateb family is represented by the Boca Raton law firm of Lavalle, Brown and Ronan.
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