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Settlement Reached in North Middle School Abuse Case

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Great Falls Public Schools reached a settlement in a lawsuit with the families of seven special needs students, who were reportedly both physically and verbally abused by two paraprofessionals at North Middle School in Great Falls.

Great Falls Public Schools settled the lawsuit out of court for $595,000 in mid October.

The lawsuit had been filed by the families of seven special needs students that were reportedly abused on several occasions by teacher's aides between the years 2007 and 2009.

Superintendent Tammy Lacey had this to say, "The district is pleased that the case has been resolved. We are glad to put this behind us, and we are looking forward to the future."

Earlier this week Lacey said the insurance provider for the school district advised settling outside of court to avoid any further legal costs, according to a report from the Great Falls Tribune.

ABC/Fox Montana also reached out to attorney Cliff Edwards, who represented the families, but he is currently out of town. However his office did issue this statement on his behalf.

"This significant settlement reflects the seriousness of the action our clients brought against the school district.  Our clients believe the size of the settlement should be enough to prompt change within the school district to ensure this never happens again, which was the purpose of the lawsuit."

The two teacher's aide involved in the case later had the charges against them dropped.

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