PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- The mother of an Equestrian Trails Elementary student is suing the school district over a principal's manhandling of her son, according to court records.
Michael Chamberlain "slammed" her 67-pound son into a wall or lockers hard enough to break open the skin on his cheek bone and "pinned" him to the floor before writing him up, said Brian LaBovick, whose law firm represents Sherlie Delice.
According to the lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County civil court on Friday, the incident occurred on April 13, 2011, when Delice's third-grade son left an FCAT testing classroom. Chamberlain became "frustrated" and "grabbed" the student by his arms after he ignored the principal's orders to return to the classroom, LaBovick said.
Chamberlain no longer works at Equestrian Trails, but it's unclear if he still works for the school district.
Delice, who has demanded a jury trial, is seeking at least $15,000 in damages for pain and suffering, medical care and treatment and aggravation of an unspecified pre-existing condition.
School district spokesperson Nat Harrington could not be reached for comment despite a call to his office.