- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

LEBANON, Ky. (AP) - The parents of three special needs children say their children suffered abuse or neglect by a special education teacher at Marion County High School last year, and one of the plaintiffs is the school’s immediate past principal.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports (https://bit.ly/1lJseMy) a lawsuit filed in Marion Circuit Court states that special education teacher Holly Buckman placed students in seclusion without supervision, endangering the life of one girl who is unable to care for herself.

The lawsuit also claims that Buckman treated one student roughly and ridiculed another student, treating him “in a rude and demeaning manner.”

The lawsuit says Schools Superintendent Taylora Schlosser fired classroom aides who reported problems to parents. It also accuses Schlosser of lying to parents by saying she would report Buckman’s conduct to the state attorney general but not doing it.

In a written statement, Schlosser said the school district doesn’t comment on pending litigation. However, she said district officials are “always concerned when allegations come to light involving our students, particularly in regard to students’ relationship with our teachers and other staff members.”

Defendants include Schlosser, Buckman, the school board and several administrators.

The parents are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, https://www.kentucky.com

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