PRINCETON — A child with autism is suing an education board and a teacher, citing alleged negligence, child abuse and other counts.
C.H., a minor who is suing by his (adult) next friend J.H., filed a complaint in Mercer Circuit Court against Mercer County Board of Education and Marlene Robinson, alleging that they permitted the child to suffer emotional and physical abuse.
According to the complaint, C.H. alleges that between August and October 1, 2018, on numerous occasions, he was physically and verbally abused by Robinson, including being dragged through the classroom and subjected to offensive and inappropriate language.
The plaintiff holds Mercer County Board of Education and Marlene Robinson responsible because allegedly the board was negligent in hiring, training and supervising Robinson and failed to take actions to prevent her in causing harm, and Robinson allegedly engaged in intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against in an amount to be determined by a jury, damages, attorneys' fees and costs for experts and interest including pre-judgment interest on all monetary amounts at the legal rate. He is represented by Dwight J. Staples and Gail Henderson-Staples of Henderson, Henderson & Staples L.C. in Huntington.
Mercer Circuit Court Case number 19-C-9