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article imageFormer Mayor Sues School District For Mental Anguish Endured As A Substitute Teacher

By Nikki Weingartner     Apr 2, 2008 in World
League City’s former mayor filed a lawsuit against the town's school district after he lost control of a high school classroom while substitute teaching, telling a student to “sit your ass down”. He was escorted from the class by police officers.
When a teacher calls in sick or has jury duty, it is the district’s responsibility to call on qualified substitute teachers to fill in for the necessary time period. The task is never easy for a substitute teacher, as was the case for Leonard Cruse when he got the call.
Cruse, the former mayor and a substitute teacher for the Clear Creek Independent School District in League City, seemed to be having a difficult time managing the high school class assigned to him last semester.
After unsuccessfully verbally directing a student to his seat, Cruse reportedly told the student to “sit your ass down”, a statement that contains verbiage considered profanity by the codes that govern both certified and non-certified educators in the state.
Police removed Cruse from the classroom and charged with disorderly conduct. The district later dropped the charge.
In response to all of the events that occurred, Cruse filed a lawsuit of negligence, claiming that the district did not do an appropriate job of student discipline in the classroom by stating that they were not
“inculcating in its students common principles of respect and courtesy”
Cruse also cited that the district further went against personnel policy and violated his rights because it discussed the case with the news media. He claims that the mental anguish caused to him by the student’s verbal abuse in conjunction with unlawful restraint and defamation are all just cause for damages, both general and punitive.
Cruse is no longer a substitute teacher for the district.
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