Family of Big Beaver Falls Elementary student awarded $75,000 on harassment claim

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The family of a former Big Beaver Falls Elementary School student who alleged harassment by other students will get $75,000 under a settlement agreement released today.

Responding to a document request under the state public records law, the Big Beaver Falls Area School District released a settlement pact with the names of the recipients redacted.

The student, identified in the complaint only as J.P., was part of the school's gifted program and had Asperger's syndrome, a social impairment on the autism spectrum, according to the complaint filed in January.

In third grade, J.P. was harassed and involved in a fight on a school bus, the complaint said. The district, the family claimed, was reluctant to provide special services, which the family viewed as a violation of the student's rights.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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