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Adam Roser, now 16, claimed Elaine Main wrapped tape around his head several times, covering his mouth, ears and nose for several minutes in January 2004. Adam had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and was being treated by a school psychologist, the lawsuit said.

The settlement was approved Monday by state Supreme Court Judge John Grow.

Mark Wolber, an attorney for Adam and his mother, argued that the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district in central New York “did not do enough in response to what occurred.” But he said the settlement was “sufficient to deter teachers and school districts from treating these incidents lightly.”

Calls to a law firm representing the school district and Miss Main were not returned. The district’s superintendent, Norman Reed, declined to comment.

Miss Main is still listed on the school district’s Web site as a teacher of remedial math at E.A. McAllister Elementary School. Mr. Wolber said she was suspended for 30 days and deducted one week’s pay.

The lawsuit maintained that the teacher subjected Adam to ridicule by his classmates, causing him “pain and fear of attending school.”


FBI: Suspect plotted pipeline blowup

SCRANTON — An American accused of plotting to blow up oil pipelines sought to bring down the Bush administration and expressed regret for the death of an al Qaeda leader, an FBI official said yesterday.

Michael Curtis Reynolds wrote a series of e-mails to FBI agent Mark Seyler, who posed as an al Qaeda sympathizer and promised to give Mr. Reynolds $40,000 to blow up a refinery in Wyoming, Mr. Seyler told a federal court.

Mr. Reynolds, 49, from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., faces charges of planning to attack energy installations, trying to enlist al Qaeda members via the Internet and possessing hand grenades.

The government accuses him of scheming to attack the Alaska and Transcontinental pipelines and other energy installations to prompt a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

Mr. Seyler described e-mails in which Mr. Reynolds, a divorced father of three who called himself “Fritz,” said he wanted to blow up the Williams Refinery in Wyoming because he said it had lax security and was in a remote location that would enable the attackers to escape.

Mr. Reynolds wrote that his planned attack would help topple President Bush.


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