A Quebec Superior Court judge has ordered a local couple who libelled their son’s teacher in 2008 to pay the teacher an additional $1.02 million, since it is now clear the effects of the slanderous public comments destroyed the woman’s career and her quality of life.
On March 25, 2008, Kathryn Rosenstein and Hagop Artinian dropped a lawsuit against their son’s grade school teacher at Roslyn School in Westmount, on the day the case was to go to court. The parents had alleged the teacher, Mary Kanavaros, had targeted and humiliated their son by, among other incidents, telling him in front of classmates that he should do his own homework, rather than have his mother do it.
The details of the out-of-court settlement were supposed to have been kept confidential. But when reporters asked them about the settlement, the parents implied they had proven Kanavaros had behaved unprofessionally. In fact, in the settlement, the English Montreal School Board had agreed to pay the couple $5,000 to drop the lawsuit with no admission of fault by either Kanavaros or the board.