Tuesday, September 23, 2003

ALBANY, Ore. -- An Albany family has filed suit against the city's school district, alleging that a middle school substitute teacher told their daughter that Jesus would miraculously cure her.

In the lawsuit filed this month by Robert and Tina George, the family seeks $750,000 for each of three complaints: violation of their daughter's civil rights, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Named in the suit are substitute teacher Linda Woldeit and Memorial Middle School, as well as the school district. Woldeit said she wasn't aware of the lawsuit and wasn't prepared to comment.

Court papers say that when Woldeit learned the girl suffered from a rare disease that affects her hair follicles, leaving her bald, Woldeit wrote a note to her that said Jesus would perform a miracle that night while she showered, causing her to grow "the most beautiful blond hair anyone has ever seen."

If not, Woldeit said, she would shave off her own hair. The girl's hair wasn't restored, and Woldeit did shave her head.

Think the jury'll cut her any slack fer shaving her head?

I'm starting to love the Northwest. Everybody's just so fucking whacked.

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