Man sues school district, bus driver and attacker after son was allegedly beaten on bus

By Kyle Barnett | Dec 10, 2012

GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish man is suing a local school district, a bus driver and a man who allegedly assaulted his son.

Bishop Adam Allen, as the guardian of a minor child, filed suit against Jermaine Johnson, Mary Lou Stillwell, Jefferson Parish School Board, Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc. and their insurers in the 24th Judicial District Court on Oct. 23.

Allen claims that his son was riding a bus owned by Cannon Cochran Management Services and driven by Mary Lou Stillwell for the Jefferson Parish School Board when Jermaine Johnson boarded the bus and began to beat his son's head against a window. The plaintiff alleges that Stillwell pulled the bus to the curb, but did not intervene in the assault in which his son was injured.

The defendant is accused of failing to properly train staff, failing to implement policies and procedures in place for the situation, failing to act to prevent an assault and battery, failing to follow policy and procedure, failing to monitor who was entering the bus and generally failing to exercise due care under the circumstances and due regard for the safety of others.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for back injuries, psychiatric damages, psychological damages, medical expenses, lost wages, opportunity costs and pain and suffering.

Allen is represented by LaPlace-based attorney Fred R. DeFrancesch.

The case has been assigned to Division D Judge Robert M. Murphy.

Case no. 720-436.

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