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Settlement in Rochester bullying lawsuit ratified

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A settlement in a lawsuit filed by the parents of a boy who was bullied is ratified by the Rochester School Board.

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The school district will pay $87,500 to Judd and Deanna Grafe, whose son was repeatedly bullied in the locker room at Willow Creek Middle School by another boy. During one incident, the Grafes' son suffered a concussion and damage to a cochlear implant that had to be surgically replaced. The attacker was convicted of fifth-degree assault in Olmsted County juvenile court.

The settlement includes the stipulation that there's no admission of liability by any party. The Post-Bulletin says the Grafes were also paid $32,000 by the insurance company of the perpetrator's parents.

The Grafes eventually enrolled their son in another school district.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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