Scott County

School board, superintendent seek dismissal from student-dragging lawsuit

The Scott County school board and Superintendent Kevin Hub are seeking to be removed from a Scott County lawsuit stemming from a case of a teacher dragging a student.
The Scott County school board and Superintendent Kevin Hub are seeking to be removed from a Scott County lawsuit stemming from a case of a teacher dragging a student. tcrumbie@herald-leader.com

The Scott County school board and Superintendent Kevin Hub are seeking to remove themselves from a lawsuit in which a teacher dragged a student through a school last year.

Through attorneys, Hub and the school board filed a motion Monday to be dismissed from the civil lawsuit filed in April in Scott Circuit Court. A hearing for is scheduled for 1 p.m. Aug. 3.

The lawsuit, filed by the students’ parents, allege that former Garth Elementary teacher Jayson Featherston and former principal Terry Quillen were negligent in exercising reasonable care for the child on Nov. 30, 2016.

According to the lawsuit, Featherston dragged a student out of his classroom by the arm, face down, because the student was passively refusing to leave. Featherston dragged the student “face down and face first” with one arm, down two flights of stairs and down a second hallway, the document states.

The lawsuit asks for compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.

After the alleged dragging, both Quillen and Featherston resigned.

Featherston was later charged with second-degree wanton endangerment and pleaded guilty to the charge in February. He was sentenced to probation.

Quillen attempted to withdraw his resignation shortly after submitting it, but the action was denied by the school board. Since then, Quillen has found other employment and a new principal has been hired for Garth Elementary.

Quillen and Featherston also have asked the court separately to be dismissed from the lawsuit, but a motion hearing had not been scheduled as of Tuesday morning.

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