Lafayette board okays lawsuit settlement negotiations

The Lafayette Parish School Board gave its attorney permission Wednesday to move forward with settlement negotiations related to a lawsuit filed by a parent whose daughter was struck by a school bus in 2012.

The board’s attorney, Tonya Smith, said negotiations are ongoing in the lawsuit, which was filed in July 2013 by Rhaima Sabeh Waffa on behalf of her minor daughter, Maryam Jaafar.

Jaafar was struck by a bus in the driveway of Lafayette High on Sept. 20, 2012. The school district issued a news release following the incident, saying a student was struck by a school bus as it was leaving the school’s driveway and pulling onto Congress Street.

The district reported at the time that the student’s pelvis was broken in the accident and that the student ran in front of the bus as it was leaving the school.

The board held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit and met with Smith in executive session.