School District Settles Huffing Lawsuit

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Nebraska school district has settled a lawsuit over a huffing incident at an elementary school.

School board documents say the Scottsbluff Public Schools district settled a lawsuit filed over a 2011 "huffing" incident at Westmoor Elementary School.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that a memo in the board meeting packet says the lawsuit was settled for $50,000. All but the $2,500 deductible was paid by an insurance provider.

The mother of two Westmoor students sought nearly $4,500 for medical expenses.

The lawsuit said a district employee had included children in huffing from whipped cream cans and cans of a substance used to clean electronics.

"Huffing" is the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a high or euphoric effect.

It can have health effects ranging from dizziness to heart failure.

The employee was convicted of misdemeanor child abuse and another charge.


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