The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

17 March 2005

OR: The $10K Haircut

Hand Over the Money or I'll Sue!

We're not talking milk money for the school bully, the new playground shakedown takes place behind closed doors, with greedy parents and school district lawyers.

How many cuts will have to be made to area schools after this settlement? Wouldn't an apology suffice? Imagine receiving $10,000 because your son came home from class with a free haircut, courtesy of a staffer.

Yes, the insurance company made the payout to the Oregon mother on behalf of the school, but it still affects premium rates.

More important, why in the world would she deserve this money from a public school district? The district obviously didn't want the public to know about it, it took a formal request by the Oregonian to get the details.

(Tip: Orbusmax)


WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Sally Miller might have been grateful if her 8-year-old son had come home from school with a nice-looking haircut. But when he showed up with "next to nothing" on his head, Miller threatened to sue.

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District recently agreed to pay Miller $10,000 because a school employee cut the boy's hair without permission.

The case was settled last month, but its documents were not released until The Oregonian newspaper filed a public records request.

"First I was shocked," Miller told the newspaper. "Then I was embarrassed that I didn't have the money to get him a haircut. And then I was mad ... I thought, 'What nerve. How invasive.'"


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