School in Washington Paying $475K in Claim of Kid Released to Wrong Parent

January 31, 2020

Seattle Public Schools in Washington has agreed to pay almost half a million dollars to resolve a claim involving a former student who said he was hospitalized after his elementary school released him to the wrong parent in 2010.

The former student, then 8, was picked up by his father following an “incident” at the school and `”seriously assaulted,” according to the settlement authorization document, which was unanimously approved by the Seattle School Board. The father was criminally charged and convicted after the incident, the document said.

The former student and his mother filed a claim against the district in March, The Seattle Times reported. The district said the mother and former student will drop the claim in exchange for a $475,000 settlement, pending approval by King County Superior Court.

Publicly, the district provided few details about the incident, and did not immediately provide a copy of the original claim upon request.

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