South O’Brien Community School District Settles Sexual Abuse Case Involving Special Education Student

Paullina, Iowa — A public school district in northwest Iowa has agreed to settle a lawsuit involving a special education student.

According to a press release, the South O’Brien Community School District has agreed to pay $625,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a special education student. The lawsuit claimed the student was sexually assaulted by another special education student while they were both at South O’Brien High School. It allegedly happened during school hours.

“The suit, filed back in August of 2022, alleged that the special education student was victimized by a fellow, higher functioning, special education student, at times, when they were the only two students being taught by a single teacher,” stated a press release sent to KTIV by Robert Rehkemper, the attorney representing the family who brought the lawsuit against the South O’Brien Community School District.

In the lawsuit, three members of the South O’Brien Community School District were named as defendants. They were Special Education Teacher John Miller, South O’Brien High School Principal Steven Bruder and Superintendent Dan Moore. All three are no longer employed at the school district.

FROM MEDIA PARTNER KTIV (with help from Community First Broadcasting station KSOU in Sioux Center)



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