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Vallivue School District Hit With Tort Claim Over Alleged Slapping Incident

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Vallivue School District needs to respond to a tort claim, filed Jan. 13, alleging a speech therapist at the West Canyon Elementary School struck a 6-year-old autistic boy.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports the therapist, Lisa Carriere, has been charged with a misdemeanor charge of injury to a child following the alleged incident on Jan. 5. She faces a Friday, Jan. 22 court hearing on the matter.

According to the tort claim, the therapist at the Canyon County school had been working with the male child, who is nonverbal due to autism. The claim requires the therapist, the principal of the school, the school district and the Idaho secretary of state's office to file a response to the claim within 90 days.

According to school officials, the therapist, a 16-year veteran of the district, was placed on administrative  leave following the alleged incident. 

The Press-Tribune reports that the claim states: 
“Staff heard the slap and observed Ms. Carriere leave the room. Staff began to observe that [the child] was acting strange and guarding his face where he was slapped. Staff observed a red mark on [the child’s] face and took photographs of his face. [The child’s] face was red and had the imprint of a hand from the slap.”
The school district is not commenting on the claim.