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Lawyers representing five former Woodland Hills School District students have filed federal civil rights charges against the district, several of its administrators, Churchill Borough and its police, related to a series of assaults against students that took place between 2009 and 2016.

New Pittsburgh Courier reporter Christian Morrow was one of the only local reporters at the Wednesday, Aug. 23 press conference called by lawyers Todd J. Hollis, Timothy P. O’Brien, Margaret Coleman and John Valantassis. “The district was aware of this abuse, and made up charges (against the children) to cover their unconstitutional actions,” said Coleman. “It has been going on for years. They knew about it and took no action to prevent it.”

The lawyers released new videos never before seen by the public. They said the videos, of which the links to them are below, will be used as evidence.

Here’s the first video, of Dominique Stotts being tased by School Resource Officer Scott Shaulis….

Here’s the second video, from 2009, a security guard from Dynasty Security, allegedly assaulting a student in the Woodland Hills school district…

According to a press release provided before the announcement, the purpose of the complaints “is to end the cultural violence and sub-standard education at Woodland Hills that has been directed at our society’s most vulnerable members…our children.”

The New Pittsburgh Courier will have more on this developing story in the Aug. 30 newspaper edition, and here online at newpittsburghcourier.com.


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