$9.2M to teen asked to leave school over affair

September 22, 2011 5:52:08 AM PDT
A Dallas jury has awarded $9.2 million to a teen who was asked to leave a religious school after her sexual affair with a male teacher became public.

Jurors on Wednesday decided the Episcopal School of Dallas was grossly negligent. School board president John Eagle says the civil verdict was wrong and will be appealed. The school has insurance. Authorities say the girl was 16 and the teacher was 34 when police found the pair in a car in November 2009. The girl was asked to leave the school. Her parents sued, saying the school didn't do enough to protect the student. The teacher, who resigned, has been charged with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship with a student. The teen graduated from another school.