Lawsuit filed after LaVille student allegedly hit by teacher

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

The parents of a 12-year-old LaVille Junior-Senior High School student are taking legal action after their daughter was allegedly slapped by a former special needs teacher.

That's according to our reporting partners at the Plymouth Pilot News.

Saundra Yute, 44, was arrested last week and charged with battery to a child, which is a Class D felony. She resigned from her teaching position on November 20, the same day the alleged incident occurred.

A teacher's aide reported seeing her hit the 12-year-old on the face and behind, after the child, who suffers from Sturge-Weber Syndrome, had a bathroom accident.

According to court documents, Yute told the aide she had "just lost it" for a minute and said the job "just wasn't for her."

The child's parents have since hired a lawyer, and are seeking $700,000 from the Union-North United School Corporation.

Meantime, Yute is scheduled to be back in court on December 26.

A retired, licensed special needs teacher has filled her position.

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