A middle school teacher and her former aide are suing the Clover Park School District in Steilacoom, Wash., for failing to protect them from a violent special-education student.

"It's a kind of hellish condition to have to work in," said attorney Hal Hodgins, who represents Woodbrook Middle School teacher Jeanette Vallandigham and teacher's aide Melinda Clarke. "When someone becomes a teacher's aide, they don't necessarily see themselves as becoming a wrestler."


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