California School District to Pay $8M For Teacher Attack

January 24, 2014

Eight Northern California families of special-needs students who were physically and verbally abused by a teacher during school will receive $8 million to settle a lawsuit.

The Contra Costa Times reported the trustees of the Brentwood Unified School District voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the settlement.

The district’s insurance will pay the families of eight children who were abused by Dina Holder, a teacher at Loma Vista and Krey elementary schools.

Filed in August, the lawsuit claims Holder violated the children’s Constitutional rights by using “unjustified and unreasonable force” against them.

Holder was also at the center of an earlier lawsuit that the district settled in 2012 for $950,000.

According to court records, Holder violently shook one boy, slapped another, berated those who struggled to talk and routinely used profane language to refer to her students.

Latest Comments

  • January 27, 2014 at 1:09 am
    Monty says:
    Nothing unusual here, please move along.
  • January 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm
    S. Vogt says:
    Tenure or not, this woman needs to be fired and banned from ever teaching or working with children, in ANY setting, ever again. All licenses should be revoked for lifetime, in... read more
  • January 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm
    Denise says:
    So, this teacher was the subject of a previous suit settled for close to $1 million and was not fired? Now the District is shelling out an additional $8 million for the same t... read more
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