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Suit: School employee punched, kicked, stomped on student

Updated: January 4, 2014 6:50PM

A woman who says she was assaulted by a school employee a year ago while attending a South Side high school is suing the Chicago Board of Education.

Mystery Noble was a 17-year-old student at Wendell Phillips Academy when she was verbally and physically assaulted by a school employee on Jan. 17, 2013, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County circuit court.

According to the suit, the employee swore at, grabbed, pulled, punched, kicked, body-slammed and stomped on Noble during the incident. The suit does not go into detail about the circumstances surrounding the alleged attack. The employee is also named as a defendant in the suit.

Noble was a ward of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at the time of the attack, according to the suit, which was co-filed by Debra Dyer-Webster, the state agency’s guardian administrator.

The lawsuit accuses the Chicago school system of failing to provide adequate safety measures for Noble, to properly supervise the employee and to take precautions to prevent the attack.

Schools spokesman Joel Hood said in response to the suit: “Our children’s safety is among our highest priorities.”

The six-count suit is seeking more than $200,000 in damages, plus reimbursement for medical expenses.

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