Lawsuit: Student Abused At T.C. Harris School In Lafayette

A lawsuit alleges a child was physically and emotionally abused by other students while attending T.C. Harris School in Lafayette.

Posted: Oct 25, 2021 1:30 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A lawsuit alleges a child was physically and emotionally abused by other students while attending T.C. Harris School in Lafayette.

The school serves children with disabilities and special needs.

Court documents say the alleged abuse happened on June 21.

The child's lawyer, Nathan Foushee, argues T.C. Harris staff were negligent in supervising students. He says the alleged abuse permanently injured the child, requiring ongoing medical expenses.

"The defendants, the operators of the school, negligently failed to supervise the children in their care, negligently failed to supervise and train their employees, and as a result, some other students mentally and physically abused my client, resulting in physical and emotional injuries," he says.

Both sides say they can't provide specific details on the matter, citing legal concerns.

In a statement to News 18, a spokesperson for T.C. Harris says "the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority.

"T.C. Harris has a rigorous screening process for all employees and requires frequent and comprehensive training in line with industry best practices and reporting standards. We are continuously reviewing and improving our processes to ensure that our environments are safe and productive for our students."

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