Scottsbluff district settles 'huffing' lawsuit

By: AP
By: AP

Scottsbluff, NE (AP) - School board documents say the Scottsbluff Public Schools district has settled a lawsuit filed over a 2011 "huffing" incident at Westmoor Elementary School.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that (http://bit.ly/1kyCKVI ) 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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