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D-303, parent reach settlement in bullying case

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 12:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles School District 303 has reached a settlement with a woman who filed a lawsuit against it on claims her son was injured in a bullying-related incident on school grounds.

Tracie Hunley and her son were named as plaintiffs in the 2013 lawsuit, which stemmed from a recess injury on Oct. 16, 2012, at Davis Primary School, 1125 S. Seventh St., St. Charles.

The lawsuit claimed another student had been bullying Hunley’s son and struck him, causing her son to fall and hurt his arm.

According to court documents, Illinois Medicaid paid $13,471 for the boy’s medical bills, and there was a lien from Medicaid in the amount of $1,352.37.

This summer, District 303 and Hunley agreed to settle the matter for $15,000 to be paid by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, court documents show.

Court documents described the amount as a “reasonable sum” for the district’s “pro rata share of liability, if any.”

A portion of the settlement was to be placed in a restricted trust account for the boy’s medical expenses or other discretionary needs between now and when he will turn 18, which is in 2023, court records show.

Court documents indicate the settlement also covered such expenses as attorney’s fees, the Medicaid lien and reimbursement for work time lost and costs incurred by Hunley.

The lawsuit against District 303 was dismissed with prejudice, which means Hunley cannot file another case on the same claim.

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