Topic: Bainbridge Island School District
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October 18, 2013 at 4:28 PM
The Associated Press
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — A Kitsap Superior Court judge has ordered the Bainbridge Island School District to pay $300,000 in damages for failing to protect a disabled child from bullying and sexual harassment.
Retired Judge Terrence Carroll ruled on Thursday the district was negligent in protecting a then 14-year-old student at Bainbridge High School. The lawsuit was brought by his parents, Jan and Jay Webster, in 2010.
Court documents show the boy was harassed repeatedly until his parents obtained a restraining order and contacted Bainbridge Island Police, who launched an investigation. Four male high school students were found guilty of criminal conduct related to bullying.
Court documents say the boy, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, required years of therapy and anti-anxiety medication.
A lawyer for the family, Tom Vertetis, called the decision an important verdict for families with disabled children in public schools.
Requests for comment from the school district were not immediately returned on Friday afternoon.
March 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM
A Bainbridge Island School Board member charged with drunken driving and hit and run refused to take a breathalyzer test following his arrest Wednesday night, according to police.
Patrons of San Carlos Restaurant, a Mexican restaurant located at 279 Madison Ave., called 911 around 8:30 p.m. to report that the driver of a black truck had backed into at least one vehicle while attempting to leave the restaurant parking lot, said Bainbridge Island police Lt. Bob Day. A patron used another vehicle to block John Tawresey, 67, from exiting the parking lot before police arrived, said Day, who described Tawresey as “semi-cooperative” with officers.
He said the vehicle Tawresey allegedly backed into was scraped in the incident but not severely damaged. Tawresey posted bail Wednesday night after being booked into the Kitsap County Jail. He was arraigned this morning, according to Day.
He was charged with DUI and hit and run and pleaded not guilty, court records show.
Day said Tawresey was believed to be with a group at the restaurant but apparently did not have any passengers in his vehicle. He refused breathalyzer tests both in the field and at the police station, Day said. Refusing to take a breathalyzer test typically results in a one-year revocation of a driver’s license by the state Department of Licensing.
According to Tawresey’s online biography on the Bainbridge Island School District website, he was elected to an eight-year term on the school board in November 2007. A call to Tawresey this morning was not immediately returned.
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