Brookfield, Wisconsin attorney William Rettko has filed a $50,000 calim against the Greenfield Middle School for false imprisonment and battery after giving a girl a “time out.” The lawsuit claims that the teacher allowed other students to commit battery on the girl during the time-out.
While battery is another story, false imprisonment for a time out appears quite weak for a time out. Of course, false imprisonment cases will often address the time, place, and manner of the confrontation. However, schools are given a great deal of discretion in the discipline of students.
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“The ball, frankly, is in the school district’s court,” Rettko said of negotiations to settle the claim.
Hardly a strong statement of confidence by counsel there. But he’s getting paid either way so there you have it. Yeah, the battery may be one thing, but that false imprisonment claim is simply DOA unless you get a circus clown in full makeup for a judge who answer objections by honking a old style bike horn and throwing confetti. Which given the recent quantity (and quality) of misbehaving judge stories is a distinct possibility.
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