A 17-year-old who jumped off a moving school bus to avoid being punished for fighting is likely to get $200,000 from the Palm Beach school district. Reyna Francisco’s lawyer charged negligent hiring and supervision of the bus driver, who didn’t report a grand theft conviction.
Neither driver Lamenthia Collins’ supervisors nor Florida Highway Patrol investigators blamed Collins for the jump by then-eighth-grader Francisco, and her friend, then-15-year-old Veronica Alonzo. Both were students at Delray Full Service Center, an alternative school for middle and high school students with behavioral problems, and for teen mothers. Francisco is the mother of a 4-year-old boy named Elvis.
The friends had been fighting with another student earlier that day. They pushed through the bus emergency exit and jumped because they were afraid they were being taken back to school to be punished.
The money will cover medical bills for Francisco’s head injuries.
I wonder about the future of Elvis.