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wakeX2wake
03-13-2008, 04:14 PM
this subject has had a good segway into this discussion from a previous thread... grounded from teamtalk.... here's the story:

DANBURY, Conn. A 15-year-old Connecticut high school student who fell asleep in class says he suffered substantial hearing loss when his math teacher smacked her palm down on his desk to wake him up while she was teaching.

Now his parents are planning to sue Danbury High School, the Connecticut Board of Education and the city of Danbury on his behalf.

Vinicios Robacher's father, Soel Robacher, claims that his sleepy son's left ear was resting on his desk on Dec. 4 when math teacher Melissa Nadeau slammed her hand down so hard that his eardrum burst. Robacher says his son experienced an almost complete loss of hearing.

Since then, though some of his hearing has been restored, the boy has been through extensive medical treatments with ear, nose and throat specialists and could require surgery to fully rectify the damage, according to documents obtained by FOXNews.com.

The Robachers' lawyer said the complaint filed with the city last month isn't a lawsuit but a warning that a claim is being investigated and a suit could follow.

"We don't have all the facts," said attorney Alan Barry of Alan Barry & Associates. "The facts that we don't have are a complete analysis of the medical condition. There is no question in our mind about what happened and the damage to this child's hearing."

Barry said he wants to know Nadeau's teaching history and is prepared to fight to gain access to her personnel records.

Danbury High School Principal Catherine Richard and Nadeau weren't available for comment, and all media inquiries were referred to schools Superintendent Sal Pascarella, who didn't immediately return calls.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said he wasn't qualified to speak about the matter because, under Connecticut law, it is solely under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education.

"I don't have any knowledge of it. I don't have any comment," Boughton said. "It's really up to the Board of Ed to handle."

The Robachers declined requests for an interview, referring all questions to their lawyer. To date, they have refused to allow their son to speak to the press.

Barry said the boy's ear hurt instantly after Nadeau hit his desk.

"He woke up and immediately felt pain in his ear," Barry said. "I think he was so taken aback that he didn't say anything at the time."

The next day, Vinicios' parents took him to the hospital after he complained of hearing loss and they discovered a bloody fluid on his pillow.

Not surprisingly, the case has drawn its share of ridicule and bad publicity, and the Robachers' lawyer said students have been teasing Vinicios at school. Though the parents are undeterred in their aim to pursue the matter legally, they're considering transferring their son to a private school, Barry said.

"There has been a certain amount of negative backlash for making this claim," he said. "I fully expected it and I really understand that. What's a little bit disturbing is the fact that nobody's saying if you fall asleep in class, it's OK for your hearing to be damaged."

Barry filed the documents with the Danbury City Clerk on Feb. 25.

He said he is getting no compensation for representing the Robachers and will get paid only if a lawsuit is filed and won. He'll get one-third of the amount of a settlement or damages, he said.

LKNMC
03-13-2008, 04:22 PM
what is this country coming to

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-13-2008, 04:22 PM
Uh-oh..........

flipper
03-13-2008, 04:49 PM
Eye for an eye!!!! Let the kid slap the teacher upside the head, blow out her ear drum, and call it done.

coz
03-13-2008, 04:50 PM
:confused: Vicious :confused: Vinicios Robacher? WAKE TF UP! :mad:

wakeX2wake
03-13-2008, 05:04 PM
I was going to say that's what the MOron gets for sleeping in class... next time the teacher should do what my HS math teacher did and just drop a book on the floor beside their desk

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-13-2008, 05:05 PM
Uh-Oh.........

flipper
03-13-2008, 05:08 PM
Uh-Oh.........
What's wrong ump.....why you worried?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-13-2008, 05:13 PM
What's wrong ump.....why you worried?

I am not worried about anything.

Moe Green is out of the Tropicana now, and Mike and Fredo have taken over.

wakeX2wake
03-13-2008, 05:17 PM
I am not worried about anything.

Moe Green is out of the Tropicana now, and Mike and Fredo have taken over.
are you on central time?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-13-2008, 05:18 PM
are you on central time?
why?:confused:

TMCNo1
03-13-2008, 05:19 PM
Did his mama take away his X-Box and stop him from TT for sleeping in class? Lazy azz!

wakeX2wake
03-13-2008, 05:20 PM
i just figured it's 4:20 somewhere

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-13-2008, 05:21 PM
i just figured it's 4:20 somewhere

OK Riddler baby. :wave:

JimN
03-13-2008, 05:22 PM
"I was going to say that's what the MOron gets for sleeping in class"

You HAVE to know people who fell asleep in class and it has nothing to do with their IQ. Maybe their IQ was lower AFTER they drank and smoked, but,....

wakeX2wake
03-13-2008, 05:24 PM
i can't think of a teacher alive who didn't have a problem w/ people sleepingin their class... he could have thought about this fact before he took a nap... if his head was on the desk he was OUT not dozing he made an attempt to go to sleep

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-13-2008, 05:49 PM
People sleep in class?

flipper
03-13-2008, 05:51 PM
Was he sleepy because he was stoned?

stuartmcnair
03-13-2008, 06:03 PM
we got hit with a chalked up eraser...that stayed with you all day

Trent 197
03-14-2008, 01:47 PM
Getting paddeled or detention is one thing...permanent hearing loss is another. But I don't really care about that. What I really care about is how many tax dollars is this gonna sap up before it's all over with. Public education sucks!

wakeX2wake
03-14-2008, 01:51 PM
that's what sucks about it most!!!... "publik edjukashun" is an underfunded project to start w/ and now some lazy $h!t head falls asleep in class and a teacher crosses the line and now bleeds more money that could be more useful elsewhere (like a bonus for the governor of the state so he can spend more on prostitutes) out of the system

Trent 197
03-14-2008, 05:03 PM
It is morally obscene for the government to take my money, unwillingly, that I earned and use it to pay for some kid's education that I don't know and don't care about.

Public education does nothing but lower all kids to the same common denominator.

wakeX2wake
03-14-2008, 05:09 PM
i understand the need for it... our founding fathers wanted every person born in the nation to have the same opportunities as the next person to prosper and be sucessful... but the fact is that rich parents buy you more opportunity than the next person... i know that i grew up really well and both of my parents grew up well under the middle class status... but they worked their butts off to make it and that goes for anyone who is willing to do what it takes... quite often who people's parents are makes their road MUCH easier... parents should pay for each of their children's education all the way through... guaranteed teachers would get paid what they deserve and kids would NOT be sleeping in class if daddy actually had to sit down and write a check for grade 10 math

wakeboarder
03-14-2008, 05:29 PM
ya that is true and people these days are just out there to get money from other people

TX.X-30 fan
03-14-2008, 07:04 PM
I need Milks BS meter, this story seems to be pegging the meter! Teachers in this country have been neutered.

Get rid of the NEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


My pocket constitution has no mention of free public education?