Teacher’s aide stole autistic girl's lunch money for weeks, court hears

A US jury awarded $5,700 (€4,470) to the family of an autistic girl whose lunch money was stolen for nearly two months by a teacher’s aide.

A US jury awarded $5,700 (€4,470) to the family of an autistic girl whose lunch money was stolen for nearly two months by a teacher’s aide.

The Ventura County panel in southern California found that Oxnard Union High School District was negligent for failing to remove the aide from Megan Spitzer’s special education class in 2007.

Kristen Santoyo was caught on video stealing the $5 (€3.92) a day that Megan’s parents gave her to buy lunch at Camarillo High School.

Megan was unable to tell anyone but her parents’ suspicions finally prompted an investigation.

Santoyo, an admitted methamphetamine user, pleaded guilty two years ago and got a 180-day jail sentence.

The attorney for Megan’s family, Christina Stokholm, said the 16-year-old girl is thriving at a different school.

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