Jury awards $500,000 to Bethel High School special education student who was abused by classmate

Attorneys for the student are calling this a “landmark” case for upholding the rights of special education students.

TACOMA, Wash. — A Tacoma jury has determined the Bethel School District failed to protect one of its most vulnerable students, in what attorneys are calling a “landmark” case for special education students.

The jury awarded $500,000 to a special needs student who was the victim of sexual abuse from another student. The victim’s attorneys argued the school district should have known about the risks and done more to offer protection. 

“This is a landmark decision for special education students,” said Tom Vertetis, one of the

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