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A teacher wrote ‘FOCUS’ on an ADHD student’s forehead. Now he faces a big lawsuit

FILE -- An empty seventh-grade science classroom St. Mel School in Fair Oaks, California.
FILE -- An empty seventh-grade science classroom St. Mel School in Fair Oaks, California. Sacramento Bee File

An incident in which a Virginia middle school teacher allegedly grabbed the back of a student’s head and wrote the word “FOCUS” on his forehead with a marker is now the subject of a $3 million lawsuit.

The discrimination lawsuit was filed earlier this month against 46-year-old Daniel Board of Landstown Middle School in Virginia Beach, Va., according to WTKR. Board resigned following the incident, which happened last September, and was charged with assault and battery.

The teacher also “Instructed another student to hit Plaintiff on his head when told to do so by Defendant Board,” the court filling said.

Board was a math teacher, and the student, 14, had been diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, the Southside Daily reported earlier this month.

The lawsuit, available online, alleges that Board discriminated against the child based on his ADHD, and lists the school’s principal as failing to report child abuse to the authorities. It lists Board, the principal and the Virginia Beach City public school system as defendants.

Board took a photograph of the student but did not allow other students to take pictures, according to WJLA.

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