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Jury Awards Ky. Teacher Nearly $34,000 In Lawsuit Against Student

A Kentucky teacher who won a $34,000 jury award after she sued a disruptive student for making death threats against her has drawn national attention for her legal counterattack on classroom disorder.

Frances Cook, until recently a high school Spanish teacher in the Campbell County district, filed a lawsuit last year after what she called a "nightmare" 1993-94 school year. Junior Andy Bray made frequent references to murder during class and doodled drawings that included women with daggers slashing through their bodies, Ms. Cook said.

The last straw came at the beginning of the 1994-95 academic year, she said. Though Mr. Bray was no longer in her class, he delivered a note urging his "disciples" to continue a campaign of disruption that would drive her "over the...

Source: Education Week