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Mom of teen beating victim sues Fla. school board

The mother of a 16-year-old South Florida girl who authorities say was savagely punched and stomped by another teen wearing steel toe boots is suing a school board.

The mother of a 16-year-old South Florida girl who authorities say was savagely punched and stomped by another teen wearing steel toe boots is suing a school board.

Hilda Gotay, the mother of Josie Lou Ratley, says the Broward County school board failed to provide adequate security and student supervision. Gotay also alleges in the lawsuit filed Thursday that Ratley suffered permanent injuries owing to board negligence.

The suit seeking unspecified damages, saying Ratley is "permanently and totally disabled."

A Broward County public schools spokesman declined comment, citing ongoing litigation.

Investigators say Wayne Treacy punched and stomped on Ratley at Deerfield Beach Middle School in March 2010. Treacy has been charged as an adult with attempted murder.

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