Lawsuit says teacher in Aurora (Colo.) district repeatedly restrained girl with developmental disabilities

April 3, 2009
Family contends action was unnecessary and improper

From The Denver Post: A lawsuit accuses an elementary school teacher in the Aurora (Colo.) school district of repeatedly restraining a developmentally disabled student by tying her to a chair. The girl, not identified in the federal suit, attended Lansing Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year. The suit contends that the teacher routinely restrained the 5-year-old girl with an occupational therapy device typically used by people who are unable to sit up on their own or who have little or no body control. The girl has epilepsy, a cognitive impairment, developmental delays and is nonverbal. The family's lawyer says the girl, now 8, did not need to be put in the device.

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