Jessica Parks reports:
The Philadelphia School District has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that a male police officer at Harding Middle School inappropriately touched a 13-year-old girl’s chest during a weapons pat-down, according to a copy of the settlement agreement obtained by The Inquirer.
A district spokesman confirmed that the case was settled but would not comment on the terms.
According to the suit, filed by the girl’s father last fall, about 100 students were ushered into the auditorium as the school day began. Row by row, students and their belongings were searched by metal detector and by hand.