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Suit claims boy assaulted by Hilo school worker

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:26 a.m. HST, May 12, 2014

HILO >> A lawsuit alleges a Hilo elementary school student was assaulted by a school employee.

The lawsuit was filed last week by the boy's father. The lawsuit alleges Hilo Union School Student Activities Coordinator Sharon Furstenwerth hit the then-9-year-old boy two years ago while he was eating lunch.

Furstenwerth told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald she didn't assault the boy. She also says she hasn't seen the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also names Principal Patti Andrade-Spencer as a defendant, claiming she failed to report the assault. Andrade-Spencer referred comments to the Department of Education. Spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz says the department can't comment because it hadn't been served with the lawsuit.

The suit claims when the boy's parents confronted Furstenwerth and Andrade-Spencer, Furstenwerth hit the boy again to "demonstrate" how she whacked him.

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handsomeguy wrote:
Sorry, but I don't believe this two year old story and I doubt if anyone else will either
on May 12,2014 | 09:28AM
SueH wrote:
So the parents get in dire financial straits and suddenly decide to capitalize on an "incident" that happened TWO YEARS ago??? I say shibai! If it bothered them so much, why did they take two years to bring suit, unless of course, they're just looking for quick money.
on May 12,2014 | 10:22AM
hanaboy wrote:
It used to take a village to raise a child, but you can't do that nowadays for fear of these frivolous law suits. I went to the school in question back when teachers were allowed to discipline children without fear of retaliation. I remember the VP having a paddle in his office and the names of students that he used the paddle on carved in it. Luckily, I wasn't one of them! They weren't very many names because students knew that if they stepped out of line, they were subject to being disciplined and the parents would be made aware of the reason for discipline, and would discuss the matter with the Principle, but no one thought about filing lawsuits. In fact, if children got "disciplined" in school, more of the same would be coming when they got home. That saying, "spare the rod, spoil the child" is so true. Some children need stronger discipline, and sometimes, talking just does not get the point across. Unfortunately, some parents see abuse as another form of discipline, and so we're back where we started. No wonder children are killing children. Sad!
on May 12,2014 | 03:43PM
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