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Orcutt school district settles lawsuit over claim of teacher bullying

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 17:37:25-04

The Orcutt Union School District has settled a lawsuit with a family that claimed a student at Orcutt Academy High School was bullied by a teacher.

The lawsuit claims that on Aug. 21, 2017, the plaintiff's teacher "punched Plaintiff in the stomach, called him an idiot, and cursed at him in front of his peers..."

According to the lawsuit, the student was under a 504 Plan, which provides accommodations to a student with a disability.

The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff had suffered ongoing bullying by the teacher leading up to the August 2017 incident.

It also claims that the teacher was able to pull the student out of class after his father had talked to the principal about keeping him away from the boy and that a school district administrator questioned the student in private prior to a scheduled meeting with his father.

The school district, teacher Ty Fredriks, Principal Rhett Carter, and Assistant Superintendent Susan Salucci were all named in the lawsuit.

In July, a settlement was reached for a total of $75,000 - $50,000 for the plaintiff and $25,000 going to his attorney - and this week, the court dismissed the case with prejudice.

Orcutt Union School District Superintendent Dr. Deborah Blow told KSBY she could not comment on the lawsuit due to it being a personnel matter but confirmed that Fredriks is still teaching at Orcutt Academy High School.