Lawsuit: Teacher attacked pupil
The Austin school district and an Austin elementary teacher are being sued for allegedly shoving a towel down a 5year-old’s throat in 2008, according to a lawsuit.
Janice Day was a teacher at Oak Springs Elementary School in May 2008, when the lawsuit says the girl asked to go to the restroom. The girl urinated on herself when she was not given permission, according to the lawsuit.
Day became angry with the girl and forced a towel down her throat, according to documents. The suit says that Day caused the girl severe mental anguish and emotional distress.
It was unclear Tuesday if Day was still employed by the school district, although its website doesn’t list her and the lawsuit refers to her as a “former employee.”
The district filed an answer to the lawsuit that denies all allegations and asked that the acts claimed be more defined. The case has since been moved to federal court.
“AISD is aware of the lawsuit,” Mel Waxler, the district’s general counsel said in an e-mail. “This is a matter that allegedly occurred some two years ago. The district took the allegations seriously then, investigated them, and took all appropriate action. As this is a matter now in litigation, the district, of course, can have no further comment at this time.”
Waxler did not elaborate on what action the district took.