Florida Student Sues School Board after Car Crash

July 12, 2011

A central Florida high school student is suing the school board, claiming officials should have intervened before his teacher gave him alcohol and then let him drive home drunk.

Nineteen year-old Dylan Ferguson said his teacher gave him alcohol because she was romantically interested in his friend. A drunk Ferguson crashed her car into two vehicles in November 2009. The teacher, Meredith Witt, resigned days later.

She pleaded no contest to giving Ferguson and three other students alcohol and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Ferguson, who was charged with drunken driving, pleaded no contest to a lesser charge and was placed on 12 months’ probation.

The lawsuit says the Seminole County School Board should have known about the improper relationship.

A school board attorney was unavailable for comment.

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