G.G. v. Grindle, No. 10-3506 (7th Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
A jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 20 U.S.C. 1681 for failure by defendant,a middle school principal, to prevent sexual abuse of several female students by their band teacher. The band teacher pled guilty to multiple counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the awards. The awards of compensatory damages reflected consideration of the harm to each individual plaintiff; the award of punitive damages was justified in light of defendant's failure to act.