Tairah Merrill, PPA Carly Ann Merrill v. Marcus Tappin and the Town of East Hartford: A mother who filed a lawsuit against the town of East Hartford after her daughter with special needs was allegedly assaulted on the school bus by a school employee will receive $13,000 in a settlement with town officials.

Tairah Merrill, then 13, of Vernon, attended a school for special needs students in East Hartford. According to the family’s lawyer, Angelo Cicchiello, of Cicchiello & Cicchiello in Hartford, on March 12, 2012, on the way home from school, Merrill tapped the school bus monitor’s leg with her foot.

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