School District Pays $15.7 Million to Settle Harassment Suit

The Redlands Unified School District this week agreed to settle three sex abuse lawsuits involving former students for $15.7 million. All of the plaintiffs were Redlands High School students. Six alleged abuse by former special education teacher and golf coach Kevin Patrick Kirkland, one by former English teacher Brian Townsley and one by former theater technical director Daniel Bachman.

Morgan Stewart, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said one of the former students will receive more than $7 million, believed to be a record settlement for a single victim in a sex abuse suit against a school district in California.

The school district’s insurance carrier will cover a majority of the costs, with the district responsible for $383,330. News accounts did not indicate how the district’s insurance rates might be impacted, and how taxes could be affected by any change. (Source: Riverside Press-Enterprise, August 27.)

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