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Autistic girl assaulted, $6 million suit claims 6/1/2007 7:50 AM By Cara Bailey -Kanawha Bureau CHARLESTON - The mother of an autistic girl is seeking $6 million from the West Virginia and Logan County Boards of Education, among others, claiming an aide physically, mentally and sexually assaulted her daughter for several years.
Sharon Davidson filed a suit May 16 in Kanawha Circuit Court on behalf of her daughter, identified only as B.M.
The suit names Judith Faye Walls, a classroom aide, the Logan County Board of Education, West Virginia Board of Education, and several educators at Man Elementary and Buffalo Grade School as defendants.
The suit claims that incidents arose while B.M., who has ADHD and autism, was between ages 5 and 10, at Buffalo Grade School, South Man Grade School and Man Central K-8 School.
Davidson claims abuse against her daughter started in kindergarten, during the 1999-2000 school year at Buffalo Grade School. According to the suit, Lisa Twardy, named as a defendant in the suit, was B.M.'s teacher. She allegedly committed assault and battery against the girl, to the point of leaving bruises and marks on her arms and wrist. The suit says Twardy also stomped on B.M.'s foot.
According to the suit, when Davidson complained of the abuse, principal Ray Albright expelled her daughter for one year. David Godby, superintendent of Logan County schools, is also named in the suit, with Davidson claiming he aided in expelling B.M., in violation of West Virginia Code.