School District To Pay Over $2 Million in Abuse Case Involving Teacher

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( – A school district in Southern California has taken a financial hit resulting from the lawsuits filed against three former teachers who have been accused of sexual abuse. The district is now going to be paying $2.25 million to another victim of former English Teacher Laura Whitehurst.

The district has so far paid $8.25 million in settlements to the victims of the teacher who worked in the Redlands Unified School District. Whitehurst was originally arrested in 2013.
CBS News reported in April that since 1999, at least 50 students who have accused over 25 teachers of sexual misconduct in the school district. In April, the Department of Justice in California also launched an investigation into the multiple sexual assault reports at the school.

The previous $6 million settlements were paid to a teenager who had impregnated Whitehurst. According to Fox News, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, the law firm that represents two of the victims had noted that the settlement had been “the largest single-victim settlement” in such a case within the state.

According to reports, Citrus Valley High School staff members were aware of Whitehurst abusing the student even prior to the photo of the student next to Whitehurst in the hospital after she gave birth. However, none of them had followed the mandatory reporting laws in the state. Michael Ramos, the county district attorney has also not charged any of the other staff members. He said that prior to July 1, 2013, everything was rumored and there was no factual information about Whitehurst and the student.

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