Fired teacher acquitted of assault settles suit for $950K
SCRANTON, Pa. – A former middle school teacher in Pennsylvania who was fired despite being acquitted of assaulting a student in 2015 has settled his lawsuit against the district for $950,000.
The Times-Tribune reports 35-year-old William Yellund will receive $640,000, and the rest will go toward attorney fees. He also agreed to resign in exchange for the Abington Heights School District withdrawing the termination.
Yelland was charged in May 2015 with simple assault and endangering the welfare of a child after district officials reported he placed a 13-year-old boy in a choke hold, injuring his neck.
A jury deliberated 10 minutes before finding him not guilty in November 2015.
Yelland’s lawsuit alleged officials were pressured into seeking charges by the child’s mother, and ignored statements from other students that the behavior was horseplay.
An attorney for the district says there’s no admission of wrongdoing.