Monroe Co. mother sues school board over son's attack in class

Monroe Co. mother sues school board over son's attack in class

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According to the complaint, the officer told students who recorded the fight with their cell phone cameras to erase it. According to the complaint, the officer told students who recorded the fight with their cell phone cameras to erase it.

By SHELBY BAKER
6 News Reporter

MADISONVILLE (WATE) -- Stephanie Alton was shocked when she saw cell phone video of her son, Michael, being attacked by another student in shop class.

"It's so painful as a mother to see something like that."

But she says what's more upsetting is that the Sequoyah High School teacher wasn't even in the room when it happened.

"I was told there were 21 students in the class and that they were working on four different sites on campus and the teacher couldn't be in all places at the same time," Alton says. 

She says she tried to get the school to take responsibility for the March 3 incident, but when that didn't happen, she hired Maryville attorney Kevin Shepherd. 

"Unfortunately sometimes the only way you can get a person to take things serious is to ask for money, so we are suing for a total of $750,000," Shepherd says. 

He says the lawsuit isn't just about a school fight.

"The concern by my client and others is that the school does not take supervision as seriously as it needs to. Teachers leaving students unsupervised, particularly in high risk areas such as a shop class with ladders, power tools, etc."

Shepherd is also concerned about how the incident was handled by the school resource officer.

According to the complaint, the officer told students who recorded the fight with their cell phone cameras to erase it.

"It's very concerning to me that evidence of this significance would be destroyed or told to be deleted by someone in authority."

Alton says the student who instigated the fight was suspended for five days and then let back in some of the same classes as her son.

The victim's injuries included trauma to the head, which his mother says he still suffers from.

6 News contacted the Monroe County School Board vice chairman who says because this is pending litigation, he can't comment.

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