Knox County Reaches Settlement in Lawsuit Accusing Commissioner of Abuse

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that accused Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill of abusing a special-needs student when she was his teacher at South-Doyle Middle School, Knoxnews reports. The county agreed to spend $93,000 in taxpayer funds, as well as court costs and the mediator's fee, to settle the suit, court records show. The student's parents assert Gill inflicted physical and psychological abuse in 2017 on their then-11-year-old son, who has autism, a mild mental disability and severe schizophrenia. In the suit, filed in August 2018, the family named as defendants Gill, Knox County, the Knox County Board of Education, Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas and South-Doyle Middle School Principal Andrew Brown.
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