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Student Slapped by Teacher Wants Over $1 Million From Malibu High

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Try as they might, Malibu High School is not going to be able to make the case of the slapping teacher go away. Dionne Evans, the 15-year-old girl who says that Jennifer Gonzalez repeatedly hit her in the face after invoking the movie "Bridesmaids," is demanding the school pay her over $1 million, reports TMZ.

Evans has lawyered up and hired Donald Karpel. Karpel claims that Evans was humiliated by Gonzalez, and says that the $1 million represents payment for both psychological expenses, as well as pain and suffering.

The incident went down last week, when Evans reportedly showed up to class without a notebook. She says that Gonzalez then asked her if she had seen the movie "Bridesmaids," then slapped her across the face six times.

The school said later that Gonzalez merely "pat" Evans.