Police were forced to investigate several disturbing complains from a Florida school after parents found out how they school would punish their special needs children.
Love Grove Elementary School is being sued by the parents of a special needs 3-year-old girl, saying that the school locked their child, along with more than a HUNDRED others in a 3×3 drywall box that the children refer to as a “jail”.
The lawsuit documents explain that, “between August 2011 and June 2012, there were 304 instances of seclusion on 120 students – 70 percent of them have emotional-behavior disorders.”
The family’s lawyer also says that the school board knew, and the administration knew that teachers were using this horrifying method of punishing students.
Putting small children with emotional problems and other special needs, like the 3-year-old with cerebral palsy whose family is bringing forth the lawsuit, in seclusion should not be the way to deal with problems.
The Daily Mail reports:
The document explains, between August 2011 and June 2012, there were 304 instances of seclusion on 120 students – 70 percent of them have emotional-behavior disorders.
Records show the child transferred to Spring Park Elementary School in Duval County and encountered additional problems there and on the school bus.
The lawsuit also claims that staff forced the student’s legs into the wrong braces, twisting his feet and causing bruising, sores and bleeding.
The school district released a statement saying it could not comment on pending or anticipated litigation.