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Montgomery Law Press
Two children, three severed legs. In less than two months.In both instances, trains struck Philadelphia kids. Babies, really. Each had been hanging around tracks when passing railcars caught their attention and they somehow wound up beneath them, bloodied and mangled. Scarred forever. Lucky to be alive. Both will need prosthetic devices just to walk again.
In both instances, trains struck Philadelphia kids. Babies, really. Each had been hanging around tracks when passing railcars caught their attention and they somehow wound up beneath them, bloodied and mangled. Scarred forever. Lucky to be alive. Both will need prosthetic devices just to walk again.
TRENTON — The parents of an Ocean County Catholic school student who say their daughter was viciously bullied by a classmate – and stabbed with a pencil and groped – are suing the Diocese of Trenton.
Salvatore and Lisa Turchio are suing the diocese – which operates the pre-K-through-8 school in Ocean County – for negligence in the handling of their daughter’s harassment, her ultimate expulsion and for slander. It seeks $250,000 in damages.
A nurse assigned to care for a severely disabled student in school came to work drunk and abused the boy for four years before teachers reported their concerns to child welfare officials, a federal lawsuit alleges.
The 12-year-old Easton Area School District student — who has cerebral palsy, is legally blind, nonverbal and uses a wheelchair — was receiving special education services from Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 when the abuse was reported last year to Northampton County caseworkers, according to the suit.
An investigation by the Children, Youth and Families Division concluded the allegations against the nurse, Crystal Luckenbach, were founded, the suit says. The agency’s May 5 report, which is included in the lawsuit, says witnesses reported in March seeing her force feed, pinch and aggressively handle the boy, who is identified in the lawsuit only by his initials.
A federal lawsuit alleges a school nurse abused a 12-year-old blind and mentally challenged Easton child repeatedly over four years. It also alleges school officials knew about the abuse and the nurse’s problems with alcohol but failed to intervene.
Nurse Crystal Luckenbach allegedly called the child “slobber puss” and “piggy piggy” and force fed him, causing him to gag and sometimes vomit, the lawsuit says.
Teachers reported that Luckenbach occasionally smelled of alcohol, would nod off in class, slur her words and move slowly.
The child identified in court documents by his initials has cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder and microcephaly, a genetic disease that left him with an abnormally small head.
The Easton Area School District sent the child to be educated in a special program in a Bethlehem Area School District school through the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20.
Easton Area School District solicitor John Freund said that neither the school district nor the intermediate unit had direct supervision over the nurse. She was hired by Maxim Healthcare Services of Columbia, Maryland, and chosen by the child’s parent, Freund said.
The parents of a Stroudsburg School District student say the district did not do enough last school year when their child was beaten up by another student and a video of the assault was put online.
A lawsuit, filed by the parents on behalf of their son in U.S. District Court in Scranton, is requesting compensatory and punitive damages from the district.
The student, who was a teenager at Stroudsburg Area Junior High, had a 504 plan because he was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. A 504 plan is developed for students with disabilities so the student will receive accommodations that will ensure their access to learning.
The lawsuit claims the student could not read social cues very well and didn’t know when other students were bullying him. Since the fifth grade, one particular student had bullied the student. It was reported to school staff and nothing had been done to correct the problem, court papers say.