BECKLEY – A Raleigh County minor child says he suffered physical
and emotional abuse at school, including an assault by a teacher’s aide.
C.W. by and through his legal guardian, E.B., filed a
lawsuit May 3 in Raleigh Circuit Court against the Raleigh County Board of
Education, Melinda Bennett and several unnamed defendants, alleging reckless,
According to the complaint, C.W.’s classroom was inadequately
supervised, allowing the youth to be the target of abuse and mistreatment. The
suit says Bennett allegedly assaulted the boy, causing severe emotional trauma,
humiliation and physical injury. The school board is blamed for negligent
hiring and improperly training Bennett.
The plaintiffs seek punitive and compensatory damages, plus
litigation costs. They are represented by attorney Paul M. Stroebel of the law
firm Stroebel & Johnson in Charleston.
Raleigh Circuit Court Case number 16-C-281-B