Student Sustained Critical Injuries In Locker Room Brawl. Phys Ed. Teacher Did Nothing, According To Suit.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOYNTON BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A young woman was violently assaulted in the locker room at Boynton Beach Community High School, according to a lawsuit just filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court.
Now, the alleged victim, Stephanie Brinkley, is suing the Palm Beach County School Board. Her attorneys claim that the school district knew that fights were an ongoing issue at Boynton Beach High and did nothing to stop them, or protect students like her from being critically injured.
According to the suit, “On or about April 13, 2018, Stephanie Brinkley was inside the girl’s locker room when she was violently thrown to the floor and repeatedly punched in the head by another female student. Ms Brinkley suffered various injuries and was hospitalized for both physical and mental issues. There was an ongoing and loud verbal dispute between Stephanie Brinkley and the assailant and no teacher or staff member intervened before the physical assault. The physical education teacher was in the area and did not intervene in a timely fashion.”
Also states the filing: “There was bullying had harassment ongoing prior to the incident as well. (The Florida Department of Education) reveals scores of fights at the school in the years immediately preceding this violent attack. Notice to the School Board of Palm Beach County is evident.”
It was not immediately clear if police were called to the scene, or if the alleged assailant was arrested. Brinkley, according to the suit, sustained critical injuries and wants the school district to cover medical expenses.
Among other allegations, the suit accuses the school district of “failing to put a stop to, or address the bullying and harassment that Stephanie Brinkley endured.”
There was no immediate response filed by the Palm Beach County School Board.
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