The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 7, 2013

Settlement reached in Midd-West peanut allergy lawsuit


The Daily Item

WILLIAMSPORT — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit that involved allegations the Midd-West School District failed to take proper precautions for a student with a potential fatal allergy to peanuts.
Notice of the settlement was filed, but no terms were listed Monday in U.S. Middle District Court.
Also part of the litigation was the claim of the boy’s mother, Kathleen Pennington, that she had been fired from school district position in June 2010 because of her complaints about the way personnel were treating her son. At the time he was attending Perry-West Perry Elementary School.
Pennington recently voluntarily removed two Midd-West administrators, Superintendent Wesley L. Knapp and Assistant Superintendent Daphne D. Snook, from the case leaving only the school district.
The district maintained Pennington’s job as a technology integration coach was one of 14 eliminated at that time due to budget considerations. Her one-year position expired and was not renewed, the district claims.
The original complaint listed Pennington, her husband and son as plaintiffs and identified them only by initials. The husband has since passed away.