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California school district settles sex abuse cases for $15M

August 28, 2018

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California school district has agreed to pay $15.7 million to settle lawsuits by eight former students who say they were sexually abused by teachers and staff members.

Attorney Morgan Stewart, who represents the former students, said Tuesday that three cases involving eight girls at Redlands High School were settled on Friday.

One case includes six victims who say former special education teacher Kevin Kirkland abused them at school and in his home and car. Kirkland pleaded guilty to abusing students and served 13 months in jail.

The lawsuit naming Kirkland alleged that administrators at Redlands Unified School District knew he was a danger to students for years and did nothing.

The district says it hopes the settlement “will be a basis for healing for the victims and their families.”

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