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Scottsbluff schools settles huffing lawsuit

The Scottsbluff school district has settled a lawsuit by the parent of a Westmoor elementary student who was suing the district for the long term after-effects of a February, 2011 huffing incident at an after-school program has until today to modify her complaint. The Star Herald says a memo by Business director Lavon Hood to the Scottsbluff school board says the district settled the suit for a lump sum of $50,000.

The lawsuit claimed the parent's two children in the after-school program suffered emotional, physical, and mental issues after they inhaled intoxicating fumes from cleaning products and other sources.

18 year old Jessica McDaniel of Gering was convicted of assisting the children she was supervising in inhaling the substances and was sentenced to a year in jail.

The parent was asking for close to $4,500 in medical expenses and other damages from the school district, who she says was negligent in not supervising McDaniel and putting her children in danger.

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