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Lawsuit filed over box-cutter attack at Pinellas bus stop



The Pinellas County School Board was negligent in a January 2008 case where two sisters were attacked by a Northeast High student after they exited a school bus, according to a lawsuit filed in Pinellas circuit court last week.

Quanisha Ealy, then 16, verbally assaulted Jarcara Williams, then 15, and Larhonda Williams, then 14, on the bus, then slashed them with a box cutter after they got off at their stop, the suit says. Jarcara was cut on her left arm; Larhonda on her right breast/chest. The attack happened while the bus driver "sat with the door open," the suit says. (Read more here.)

It says the school board was negligent by, among other things, failing to intervene when the altercation was verbal; failing to intervene when the one girl began pushing the others at the bus stop; failing to adequately screen students for the presence of weapons such as box cutters; and failing to adequately train bus drivers to handle such situations.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:54am]


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