FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The mother of the girl who was viciously beaten at Deerfield Beach Middle School filed a negligence lawsuit Thursday against the Broward County School District, alleging the March 17 attack could have been prevented with adequate security.
Josie Lou Ratley, now 16, suffered permanent injuries and brain damage when she was assaulted at a campus bus stop, said her attorney, Sean Domnick. A school resource officer was at the school at the time of the attack, but did not witness it. The assault -- during which Ratley's head was slammed to the ground and stomped on multiple times -- was finally stopped by a teacher.
Wayne Treacy, now 16, has been charged as an adult with first-degree attempted murder and faces a maximum sentence of 50 years if convicted.
The school was negligent, the lawsuit says, in "failing to have adequate security ... failing to take reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized entry on school ground ... (and) failing to adequately supervise the bus pick up area."