CAPE CORAL, FL-- A Cape Coral family finally has closure. Cynthia and Nicole Brimm filed a lawsuit against the Lee County School board and their 10-year old son's teacher, Catherine Hile, last year alleging that Hile abused their son, who is autistic.
Earlier this month, the school district agreed to settle the case and now the family wants to make sure teachers like hile can never hurt students again.
It started back in august of 2008, when Nicole and Cynthia Brimm's 6-year old autistic son started kindergarten at Gulf Elementary school.
"And we began noticing some changes in his behavior," said Brimm.
Not able to speak, her son began acting out and hurting himself.
"Hitting himself on the average of 4-6 hundred times a day with his wrist in the temple of his head," said Brimm.
Then in April of 2009, Brimm receives a call from the department of children and families telling her that her son's teacher, Catherine Hile, is under investigation for allegedly abusing not only her son, but other students in the class.
"You entrust your children to these people each and every day and you dont want to think that something like this could happen," said Brimm.
Hile eventually resigned in 2010. Hile's record of abuse towards children dates back to 1994 which left Brimm wondering how she was hired in the first place.
"This is not an isolated incedent, this was a well documented incedent of her reign of abuse," said Brimm
Hile was reprimanded by the Commissioner of Education in 2008 for punching a student in the face, stepping on their toes to keep them in line and putting hand sanitizer in their mouths to stop students from yelling.
"My hope is that no one will ever have to go through this," said Brimm.
Lee County School settled the case for $200,000 and would not give us a comment.
The Brimm family also said in the lawsuit the school board did not do a good enough job in screening teacher candidates.