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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.
April 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM
Londi Lindell, the former Mercer Island deputy city manager who sued that city after she was fired, is going back to work as North Bend’s city administrator.
Hired by North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing and confirmed by a unanimous City Council vote last week, Lindell starts work May 1. She received a $1 million settlement last year stemming from her federal lawsuit against Mercer Island over her 2008 firing, which she said was in retaliation for her voicing concerns about the city’s alleged failure to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.
Mercer Island also was ordered by a federal judge to pay $90,560 for its failure to provide public records Lindell sought in the retaliation case. City officials denied her claims that she was wrongly fired and that she was denied public records. They said they reluctantly settled the case at the urging of their insurer. Lindell struggled to find work in the wake of her widely publicized dismissal and lawsuit.
North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing said Lindell was one of 45 applicants and was among six finalists chosen for interviews by a panel of city officials. “We had a great roster to choose from. I was very pleased,” Hearing said.
Lindell will succeed Duncan Wilson, who is resigning effective May 15 to become town administrator in Friday Harbor. ”She is replacing a man who has brought us from the dark ages into the 21st century. Literally she looks to me to be the person who can take us to the next step,” Hearing said.
Lindell could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. She will initially earn $111,144 a year, with a raise to $120,216 if she receives a satisfactory performance review after six months.
“She interviewed very, very well. She came out on top. I offered her the job and she jumped at the chance,” Hearing said.
North Bend has slightly fewer than 6,000 residents, compared with Mercer Island’s 22,700.
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