Washoe school accused of disability discrimination

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Updated: 10/08/2013 5:01 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Parents of a disabled high school student are suing Washoe County school officials for discrimination, saying staff physically restrained their daughter inappropriately 110 times over seven weeks, often pinning her to the floor for several minutes at a time.

Kurt and Michelle Huntoon filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court last week accusing the county of negligence, fraud, assault and battery of their teenage daughter, who communicates primarily through sign language.

They say the repeated use of excessive force and violence in the fall of 2011 violated her constitutional rights and subjected her to physical, mental, emotional and psychological abuse. In one case, they say staff at Spanish Springs High held her immobile on the floor for nearly 14 minutes.

School district officials say they have no comment on pending litigation.

 

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Kristy38 - 10/9/2013 1:40 AM
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They Broke ADA law!!! and if there is a wheel chair ramp outside that school that falls under ADA law so why the hell cant they follow ADA Law? makes you wonder how smart these people really are huh! where was the Interpreter? and why didn't they were the parents not told! and they have a thing called an IEP!! individual education plan and I Know it says nothing in there about restraining a child! what is wrong with these people!? she is special needs that does not give them the right to abuse her!!!! and to to Tonysam its not about the money! its about the rights of the child! if you had a child with special needs and who is deaf then you would understand!

Kristy38 - 10/9/2013 1:34 AM
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I have a child that is Special needs not to say that a deaf person is disabled because I am deaf hard of hearing and so is my wife we are language different but to do this to a young girl who has Mental challenges is WRONG!!!!! and if anyone anyone!!! does that to my child they will get more then just a lawsuit! I don't care how long ago it was and sometimes filing a lawsuit can take a few years so I really hope the these parents win and show that the no School should treat any child like this!!! there is no incuse!! what so ever!! they should be ashamed of themselves they are there to teach our children not hurt them! about 4 or 5 years ago the lyon county school district refused to get an ASL interpreter for a deaf child and me and wife both helped the parents take it to the news and to DHHARC the Deaf and hard of hearing advocates to help and the school of course bowed down and said oh sorry! he finally go the help he needed but this is beyond stupid!!! these schools need to learn!! my thoughts and prayers go out the family.......

tonysam - 10/8/2013 4:13 PM
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It's just a nonsense insurance claim since it was filed in federal court. As long as the technicalities are right in filing the complaint (statute of limitations, causes of action, etc.), just about anything can be said in a lawsuit, even outright lies. It's all about getting that pre-trial settlement. The parties will settle in a couple of years, and the parents will get money to blow it in on new cars, vacations, or whatever.
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