$900,000 settlement reached in Iowa bullying case

May 22, 2020 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A suburban Des Moines school district and a former student have reached a $900,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by another student who suffered permanent brain damage after being attacked at school.

Audrey Vacek will received $880,000 from the Ankeny Community School District and $20,000 from the alleged bully, Mallory Schaubhut, under a settlement approved in late April, the Des Moines Register reported.

Vacek said in the lawsuit that Schaubhut had threatened and verbally abused her for a year before punching her in the face and slamming her head against a concrete wall at the school in 2016.

Vacek, now 20, is doing well in college but requires “a lot of support,” said her attorney, Roxanne Conlin.