Detroit district settles suit stemming from 2008 death of special education student

May 2, 2012
Family of Destini Shinn, 9, will receive $425,000

From The Detroit News: The Detroit school system will pay $425,000 to settle a federal lawsuit involving a special education student who died in 2008. The suit contended that Destini Shinn, 9, received rough treatment and was forced to walk unassisted at school a few days before dying of a seizure. Destini had physical and mental disabilities, a seizure disorder and difficulty maintaining her balance. She attended Moses Field School. The suit alleged that Destini was being helped off the bus when a school employee "began repeatedly and forcefully pushing her toward the school building while ordering her to walk straight on her own.” The girl had a seizure inside the school, but the aide wouldn't help her, according to the complaint.

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