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Mississippi district settles in disabled student abuse case

June 14, 2019

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi special education teacher and the district where she worked have settled a lawsuit over accusations the teacher used excessive force on a disabled student riding a school bus.

The Sun Herald reports Friday the lawsuit, filed on behalf of the student’s guardians, accused former St. Martin Middle School teacher Kerri Ann Nettles of using excessive force and discrimination on the then-14-year-old under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The suit relates to a 2014 report that Nettles screamed at the student and put a rag in the girl’s mouth to quiet her down on the bus.

The paper reports the terms of the settlement are confidential, because the student is a minor.

Nettles separately pleaded no contest to misdemeanor abuse charges and paid a $3,000 fine.

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