Every parent deserves to feel that when his or her child is dropped off at school or gets on the bus, that child is going to the one of safest places in the world- school! However, recent news and media have reported ongoing accounts of teachers who have taken advantage of students who are minors. For many years, TSRM has represented minor students who have been victimized by their teachers in school systems that have failed to have in place proper supervision and monitoring policies and procedures. Under the law, schools have a special duty of care toward the children who are have been entrusted to their care by parents and guardians. Our cases have include matters against
*the Newington Board of Education for the misconduct of a middle school substitute physical education teacher, James Brown, brought by two victims who attended the John Wallace Middle School during the 1989-1990 school year;
*the Villa Maria Education Center, a school in Stamford, CT that specializes in special education for the misconduct of a teacher, Sister Domitian brought by a victim who attended school there in the late ’70s and early ’80s;
* the Stamford Board of Education for the misconduct of an elementary school physical education teacher, Robert Martinez, brought by 5 victims who attended Rogers School in the ’70s and ‘ 80s.
Under Connecticut law, any person who has suffered damage as a child as a result of being sexually abused, sexually exploited or sexually assaulted has 30 years past the age of majority or until age 48 to bring a civil claim in court.