Claim seeks damages from school bus incident

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BELOIT - A claim has been filed against the School District of Beloit, City of Beloit and Durham School Services regarding an alleged sexual assault on a school bus from November of 2013.

The Beloit Daily News requested and obtained a copy of the claim under Wisconsin's Public Records Law.

The agenda for a special meeting today at 6 p.m. of the Beloit Board of Education states "Discussion of Notice of Claim and Claim" as an item requiring a potential closed session.

The claim obtained by the newspaper is from the Milwaukee law firm Hupy and Abraham, and is dated June 27, 2018.

On Jan. 31, 2014, a notice of injury was filed on behalf of a minor who was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted by other students while on the school bus on Nov. 18, 2013.

The claim said the bus driver, employed by Durham School Services, failed to exercise reasonable caution creating a unreasonable risk of harm to the minor.

The incident resulted injuries and associated medical bills listed in the claim: Beloit Counseling, $1,577; Stateline Mental Health, $1,955; and Beloit Cosmetology School $1,973.20, for a total of $5,505.20.

Because of alleged negligence the claim stated the minor suffered non-economic damages such as pain and suffering and damages in the amount of $50,000.

According to City of Beloit Attorney Elizabeth Krueger, the city has requested the complainant remove the City of Beloit from the process.

Strategic Communications Director Sarah Millard said the City of Beloit requested removal from the claim, stating the city "was not involved."

According to Millard, the plaintiff has "indicated that the city will be removed" in future proceedings. The Beloit Daily News was not able to independently confirm that removal.

A police report of the incident was not immediately made available for review by the newspaper today. The Beloit Daily News has filed a request under the Public Records Law with the Beloit Police Department.

No filing has been entered in the Rock County Circuit Court civil claims division as of Tuesday morning.

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