Teacher threw 9-year-old autistic boy across the room: $700,000 lawsuit

A new lawsuit is alleging that a 9-year-old autistic son of a woman was picked up and thrown into the classroom by a school employee in Oregon.

The lawsuit against the Multnomah Education Service District was filed on March 14 by the Oregon Law Center on behalf of Tiria Jones, identified as MM, and her son. Students with autism spectrum disorder are not uncommon, as the CDC reported in 2021 that one in 44 students are diagnosed, with boys being diagnosed more often than girls.

Oregonian The complaint alleged that Tiriya’s son had studied at Four Creeks School for just five days when the incident took place on September 7, 2021, allegedly causing injury to the boy’s legs, the report said. It was on

The lawsuit reportedly states that the school district employee who allegedly assaulted the boy was put on leave for two days after the incident. When asked whether the worker in question was terminated and whether there was a termination date, Laura Conroy, a spokeswoman for the Multnomah Education Services District, said newsweek that such information is confidential.

Also according to the suit, the district reportedly said after the incident that Jones’ son was held in restraint and separated from his class for climbing over a bookshelf and kicking and spitting on staff.

Considering the alleged bodily injuries and emotional harm, the lawsuit seeks damages of $700,000.

A principal at Four Creeks, part of the Multnomah Education Service District, and identified in the suit as Nicole Hilton, is reportedly quoted as telling Jones, “My heart is heavy on the events that happened. I imagine Can’t tell how you’re feeling.”

Conroy told newsweek That “the allegations in the complaint are deeply concerning,” adding that the school district does not comment on pending litigation.

She said district staff “work with some of the most affected and vulnerable children in our community,” including those who have experienced abuse, parental abandonment, death of family members, home violence, Has experienced many life traumas including drugs, housing. And food instability, and violence.

“As a result of the trauma they have experienced, children express their feelings through behaviors that can harm themselves, other students, and staff,” Conroy said. “MESD staff are trained in safety care protocols to keep students and staff safe when behavior escalates and puts the student, other students, and staff at risk.”

Conroy said there are certain rules and guidelines that instructors follow regarding children with disabilities. An Oregon Department of Education manual published in January 2020 states that “restraint and/or solitary safety responses are used as a last resort when risks are high and when less restrictive interventions will not be effective.”

But the manual says that neither abstinence nor solitude is a behavioral or therapeutic intervention that should be used regularly.

“Protocols include the use of verbal cues, holds and secluded chambers to decelerate the child, or to keep the child and other people safe until the child is able to decelerate,” Conroy said. “When a hold or secluded room is used our staff reviews each incident and notifies the child’s family for improvement and their feelings with the ultimate goal of returning to their neighborhood school with the child. also work to build the appropriate skills to manage

The safety of students and staff is a priority, he said, as “they are learning the skills they need to be resilient, strong, successful learners and members of the community.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time an autistic child has been harmed at school.

Earlier this month, a Florida teacher was charged with a felony after allegedly hitting an autistic student in an incident that was caught on surveillance video. In February, a woman was arrested in Ohio for allegedly abandoning her 5-year-old autistic son.

A trial in Oregon alleges that a 9-year-old boy was thrown into a room during school.
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