Parents Of Kindergarten Student Sue County Schools On Early Bus Dropoff

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The parents of a kindergarten student have sued the Hamilton County Schools on grounds that their daughter was dropped off at a bus stop 30 minutes early and wound up getting bit by a dog.

Scott and Ellen Leamon also sued bus driver Garland Johnson.

They are asking $50,000 in damages.

The suit says the incident happened on the first day of school last year. It says the child boarded a bus at McConnell Elementary and was dropped off at Ridge Bay Drive in Hixson "approximately 30 minutes prior to the prescribed drop-off time."

It says the child and another child "walked up the hill on a very busy street by themselves." After they found no one at the Leamon house, a neighbor invited them in.

The parents said a dog with a violent history was inside and it bit their daughter. She was taken to Children's Hospital for treatment of lacerations to her left forearm.

The child suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome since the incident, it was stated.

The suit, filed by attorneys William Rieder and Kurt Schmissrauter, asks $50,000 in damages.

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