Houston-Area Family Settles $60K Over School Beating

A Houston-area teenager who says he was beaten by a school district police officer has received $60,000 to settle his lawsuit seeking $1 million.

The Houston Chronicle reported Monday that the deal involves a student who no longer enrolled in the Pasadena Independent School District.

The student's parents sued earlier this year, alleging the then-16-year-old boy was severely beaten in May 2014 while trying to retrieve his confiscated cellphone.

The teen allegedly uttered a profanity while being escorted from the school. The federal civil rights lawsuit says the officer who then tried to arrest the teen used a baton to strike the student at least 18 times, causing bruises and cuts.

A Pasadena ISD spokeswoman did not immediately comment on the settlement reached Nov. 2.

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