Teacher sues after student allegedly bit her | AspenTimes.com

Teacher sues after student allegedly bit her

Chad Abraham

A former Aspen High teacher is suing the parents of a mentally disabled student who allegedly attacked and bit her before school last year.Shelley Price taught physical education and health. Her lawsuit names the student and his parents; their names are being withheld because the boy is a minor.On May 16, the defendant’s brother drove him to school, the lawsuit says.”After getting out of the vehicle and on his way into the school, [the] defendant saw [Price] walking toward the school, ran toward her and then attacked her, causing serious and permanent injuries by throwing her to the ground and biting her on the arm,” according to the lawsuit.The student allegedly has attacked several other people, including another teacher, a student and a child at the Aspen Recreation Center.Price resigned from Aspen High School after the alleged attack. The lawsuit says she now works several jobs, including teaching swimming lessons at the recreation center.The student is frequently at the center and has made threatening gestures toward her, the court papers say.The parents knew their child “had a known propensity for attacking and biting people” and had agreed to supervise him adequately until he entered the school building, according to the lawsuit.The boy’s mother declined to comment. Aspen High Principal Charlie Anastas also declined to speak.The lawsuit was filed Monday in Pitkin County District Court. Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com