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How Closely Was Classroom Being Supervised in Mims Elementary Inappropriate Touching?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Child Sexual Abuse

How Closely Was Classroom Being Supervised in Mims Elementary Inappropriate Touching?

What would you think if you were summoned to your child’s kindergarten class with other parents, and questioned about whether your child had ever mentioned being inappropriately touched? As a father of four children, I think I would be horrified. Apparently, this is the situation that parents in a Mims Elementary kindergarten class faced earlier this week. According to a story posted on  Local 6/Clickorlando.com, an investigation by the Department of Children and Families, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, and Brevard Public Schools at Mims Elementary is under way involving allegations of inappropriate touching. Investigators are not sharing many details at this point, but the story mentions that the regular classroom teacher has been pulled from this kindergarten class. Parents are quoted as saying they are “concerned” about what might have gone on in the classroom. I would bet that “concerned” is an understatement. As a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, I know that the effects of child sexual abuse often last a lifetime. The damage done to a child during these formative years can have major psychological impact for years to come, including being detrimental to adult relationships and healthy sexuality. While the Brevard County Schools were correct to conduct an investigation, the School Board can still face liability depending upon the facts and circumstances of what happened in the classroom. Institutions, like schools, that cater to kids and place them in regular contact with adults, such as teachers, must supervise the contacts between children and adults. Supervision means paying attention to indicators, even if they were subtle, that something inappropriate was happening. In my experience handling cases involving negligent supervision, there are almost always signs that were ignored and shouldn’t have been. It will be interesting to see how this story...

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Family of Woman Killed In Crash With Stolen Vehicle Will Need To Know About UM

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Motor vehicle accidents

Family of Woman Killed In Crash With Stolen Vehicle Will Need To Know About UM

A tragedy occurred on White Street in Daytona Beach this past Saturday night. According to a story on WFTV.com, 27-year-old Laguadia Terry was killed when the vehicle she was travelling in on White Street was impacted by a stolen vehicle. The driver of the vehicle Ms. Terry was riding in, Sterling Slaton, was also seriously injured. As an Orlando accident attorney who regularly helps families with wrongful death claims, my heart goes out to Ms. Terry’s family. The death of a 27-year-old woman is tragic under any circumstances, but in this instance the men who caused this accident had apparently stolen the car, and then fled the scene. These men have not yet been brought to justice. Ms. Terry’s survivors would be well-served to consult with an experienced Central Florida car accident attorney. Even though the vehicle that crashed into Ms. Terry’s vehicle was stolen, damages might be recoverable from the Uninsured Motorist portion of a Florida automobile insurance policy. UM benefits might be available from Ms. Terry’s own coverage, from the insurance carried by Mr. Slaton, or from any resident that Ms. Terry was living with at the time of the crash. An experienced Florida auto accident lawyer will know the right questions to ask in order to determine if there is Uninsured Motorist coverage available. Any reputable personal injury firm will answer Ms. Terry’s family’s questions and perform an initial consultation absolutely...

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