Mother of CSAT student files lawsuit claiming her child was assaulted at school

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The mother of a student at the Charter School for Applied Technologies has filed a lawsuit against the school, the City of Buffalo, Board of Education, Shoshone group, and the parents of the alleged suspects. 

Karla Warren claims her child, Twanna Harp, was constantly bullied at CSAT and claims the school, teachers, counselors, and principal did nothing to stop they bullying even after she sought action from administrators.

According to the lawsuit, on June 5, 2018, Harp was on her lunch break at the charter school when she asked to use the bathroom and told the lunch monitor she needed protection from three other students before going to the bathroom.

When trying to leave the bathroom, three students confronted Harp and began to call her names and threaten her.

The three students then allegedly pushed and shoved Harp into a bathroom stall, pulled her hair, and punched her before slamming her head into a sink. They reportedly continued to kick her until she started to bleed excessively.

The lawsuit says Harp was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital to be treated. The lawsuit claims the assault caused severe personal injuries, both physical and mental.

Warren says in the suit that one of the students involved were not expelled.

She also believes the school and board of education didn’t maintain the safety of its students or supervise the students adequately.

The lawsuit also claims the parents are liable because they were aware of their child’s tendency to be involved in actions such as this. Warren believes nothing was done to discipline the children. 

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