Haslett Schools Face $3 Million Lawsuit

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Haslett Schools are facing a $3 million lawsuit filed Wednesday afternoon, alleging physical and mental abuse of three disabled students by a special education teacher and a para-professional.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the three families by lawyer Frank Fleischmann. Fleischmann says it is a last effort to get the district to respond to the situation.

The parents were alerted to the problems by another aide in the classroom. Fleischmann says they took the claims of abuse to administrators early in 2003, but nothing was ever done.

The staff members are both still working in the district. Supt. Robert Regan says he stands behind the staff members, and no evidence of wrong-doing was ever discovered. But that's where the school and the lawyers disagree. Fleischmann says the district did not conduct a sufficient investigation, he says, in fact, no action was taken.

Meridian Township Police are also conducting an investigation. And the district says it will cooperate with its findings. Regan says he has not received a copy of the lawsuit.

The district has 21 days to respond.