Janesville School Board denies claim from parents of assaulted student

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
— The Janesville School Board on Tuesday denied a claim from parents whose son had his teeth punched out by another student in spring 2011.

The victim, 17, was in the Parker High School commons in March when another 17-year-old boy grabbed him, threw him to the floor and punched him once, according to a Janesville police report.

The blow knocked out three teeth, according to police.

The parents' claim states that no staff member went to the victim's aid.

Student witnesses said that after the punch, the victim "tried to go after" the assailant, who shoved him away, and at that point, "some of the teachers and students broke it up," according to the police report.

"The incident was immediately reported to the school district, and as a result of the incident, (the assailant) was expelled," according to the claim.

The injuries will require replacement of prosthesis several times during the victim's lifetime, according to the claim.

The claim asks for $172,138 for past and future dental costs, past and future pain and suffering, disability, loss of enjoyment of life and the parents' loss of companionship.

The assailant, Keifer V. Omelian, 1505 W. Burbank Ave., Janesville, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced in May to two years of probation. He was required to get anger-management treatment, get a high school equivalency diploma and pay restitution of $15,426, according to online court records.

A felony battery charge against Omelian was held open as part of a deferred-prosecution agreement.

The school board discussed the matter in closed session.

The vote was part of the board's consent agenda, which passed, 7-0.

Last updated: 7:20 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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