- Associated Press - Saturday, January 25, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Public Schools has agreed to pay almost half a million dollars to resolve a claim involving a former student who said he was hospitalized after his elementary school released him to the wrong parent in 2010.

The former student, then 8, was picked up by his father following an “incident” at the school and “seriously assaulted,” according to the settlement authorization document, which was unanimously approved by the Seattle School Board this week. The father was criminally charged and convicted after the incident, the document said.

The former student and his mother filed a claim against the district in March, The Seattle Times reported. The district said the mother and former student will drop the claim in exchange for a $475,000 settlement, pending approval by King County Superior Court.

Publicly, the district provided few details about the incident, and did not immediately provide a copy of the original claim upon request Friday.

The district will pay for the settlement out of its general fund, which is budgeted to spend just over $1 billion this school year.



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