A Sanford, Florida, high school student is suing the Seminole County School Board because two years ago he got a DUI after leaving the house of a teacher who had provided him with alcohol. The boy was driving his teacher’s SUV when he crashed into two other vehicles.
The student, who is now 19, filed a lawsuit June 30, alleging that the teacher, now 34, provided him with alcohol and prescription drugs for two years before the crash. The student says the teacher was romantically interested in one of his friends, also an Oviedo High student, and that the school district should have been aware of the improper relationship. The suits also states that a proper investigation of the teacher before she was hired would have proven her unfit to teach.
The drunken-driving crash occurred on November 2, 2009. The teacher resigned days after the incident and spent 30 days in jail. She also pleaded no contest to giving alcohol to four teenagers, including Ferguson and another of her students.
The student was charged with drunken driving but pleaded no contest to reckless driving involving alcohol. He received 12 months’ probation and was later rearrested when accused of violating his probation terms; he then served seven days in the Seminole County Jail.
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