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Parent of Benson Polytechnic student says teen boy was beaten on campus due to negligence and lack of supervision

PMG FILE PHOTO - The parent of a Benson Polytechnic High School student filed suit against the Portland Public Schools District over a fight in 2017 on campus. The parent says his teen son was assaulted during school hours, leaving injuries. The parents of a Portland high school student are suing for damages after they say their son was accosted and badly beaten in the halls of Benson Polytechnic High School in 2017.

According to a complaint filed in Multnomah Circuit Court on Monday, April 15, the parent says his son was assaulted by another student at the Benson High School campus on Nov. 29, 2017, leaving the teen boy with a laceration on his head, a concussion and permanent facial scarring, among other injuries.

The Tribune is leaving out family names, so as not to identify the minors involved in the incident.

The complaint was filed against Portland Public Schools and the parents of the student who allegedly assaulted the student.

The lawsuit alleges a teacher released the alleged assailant from class early, and that student was "allowed to freely roam Benson Polytechnic High School campus without any supervision," despite having a known history of disciplinary issues. That student then got in a fight with the alleged victim at the school during school hours, according to the complaint.

The plaintiff's attorney, Kevin Brague, claims the assailant intentionally pushed or hit the victim to the ground and hit him in the head, leaving him with a laceration above his right eyebrow, head injury, pain, discomfort, stress and "loss of educational opportunities."

The student's family is seeking $707,000 from Portland Public Schools and the parents of the student who carried out the alleged assault, for economic damages and injuries.

"The district knew or should have known that its school was not safe … and that unsupervised children are more likely to injure themselves and others," the complaint states.

PPS declined initial comment on the allegations, saying the district is reviewing the lawsuit.

The legal complaint against PPS is one of eight lawsuits against the district pending in Multnomah Circuit Court, including another claim for negligence filed by the same law firm, The Brague Law Firm. A majority of the pending cases were filed by former PPS employees or contractors alleging unlawful employment practices.

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