Autistic kids abused in Pa. classroom to get $5M
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - May 28, 2010 -- The families of seven autistic students who were abused by their teacher in a northeastern Pennsylvania classroom have agreed to a $5 million settlement of their federal lawsuit.
Lawyers say it's the largest settlement of its kind in state history and one of the five largest nationwide.
Authorities say former special education teacher Susan Wzorek of Clarks Summit subjected her elementary-age students to a range of abuse, alleging that she hit them, pulled their hair, stomped on their feet, and strapped them to chairs with duct tape and bungee cords.
Wzorek pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment and spent six weeks in prison in 2005.
The students' families sued Wzorek and her superiors, alleging they knew about the abuse but took steps to cover it up.
pennsylvania, allentown, abuse, autism, local/state
- Philly to Newark flight forced to make belly landing
- Cloudy And Cooler
- WATCH: Action News Online
- WATCH ABC is available in Philadelphia!
- Man found shot and killed in Wynnefield
- 2 injured in head-on crash along MLK Drive
- Mother of 7-year-old hit-and-run victim speaks
- 1 winning Mega Millions ticket sold in New Jersey
- Police: Pa. woman served family poison laced burritos
- Police: Boy, 6, kicked by pony on Lancaster Co. farm dies
- Pedestrian struck by car in Milford, Del. gets cited
- Connecticut commuter trains collide; 70 hospitalized
- Video: Father, son to graduate college together
- Dozens of home remedies right in your kitchen