Vallivue accepts teacher resignation

Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 09:29:10-05

The Vallivue School District Board of Trustees has accepted the resignation letter of a teacher accused of slapping a boy with autism.

Lisa Carriere, 47, was a speech therapist at West Canyon Elementary school who submitted her resignation to the board following the incident that allegedly occurred on January 5th.

Vallivue School District Superintendent Pat Charlton said that the board accepted the resignation at a meeting Tuesday night without discussion.

A tort claim through Skaug Law has been filed by the boy’s family against Carriere. The family is suing for $2500 in damages.

The claim says West Canyon staff in the room heard a slap and witnessed Carriere leave the classroom.

Court documents go on to say staff examined the boy who was “acting strange and guarding his face,” and claimed that he had a red hand-shaped mark on his face. The documents also say the boy had redness and swelling on his face, a loosened tooth, and an abrasion inside of his mouth.

"There were failures here, not just in terms of an individual losing control and losing their mind and making the decision to slap a 6 year old autistic child who can’t speak, but also with administration that didn't know what to do when a very serious incident occurred between a teacher and a student. They just did not handle it appropriately," Skaug Law Attorney Matt Andrew explained during an interview in January.

A pre-trial is scheduled for Carriere on March 30th, 2016.