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Bay Area school district paying $950,000 for teacher attack

BRENTWOOD — A Bay Area family of a 5-year-old special-needs boy who was hurled to the floor and kicked by his teacher at school will receive $950,000 to settle a lawsuit.

The Brentwood Unified School District finalized the settlement last week with Caneel Carlin's family stemming from a January 2012 lawsuit she filed on behalf of her son against the district, Loma Vista Elementary School special education teacher Dina Holder and principal Lauri James.

The suit accused the parties of battery, negligence, failed mandated reporting duties and other infractions. Holder yanked the boy out of his seat and kicked him twice as he fell to the ground in May 2010.

Holder, 52, a 20-year teacher, then yelled at the boy while nearly a dozen other students watched. In 2011, Holder pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child abuse charges and was placed on four years' probation and received a year of child abuse training.

Carlin, 36, of Concord, Calif., said she reported the incident to police and it was only then that Holder was held liable for the incident at the school nearly three years ago. Teachers and school administrators are required by law to forward any reports of child abuse to police.

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