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Judge awards Robertson Co. bullied teen $300K

Posted Dec 19 2011 8:51pm

Bullying of autistics is a topic that comes up a great deal. Just last week a gang of nine youths who viciously beat an autistic teen was let go without any punishment . In another case, an autistic student was awarded $300k, the maximum allowed by law, for a bullying case.

Before anyone sees this as a victory, the kid was left legally blind in one eye, the family incurred $90k in medical expenses and it took years to win the judgement. From a story on WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee (U.S.):

As a seventh grader at White House Heritage School in 2006, Jacob Gentry was hit in his left eye with a textbook when his teacher left the classroom, causing him to become legally blind in that eye.

It seemed like a minor injury at the time, but it required four surgeries.

Jacob’s attorney, Jonathan Street, told Nashville’s News 2, “There’s a lot of pain that you go through, his medical bills were over $90,000.”

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