Parents of a child with cerebral palsy are suing a Florida school that it alleges systematically abused special needs children by putting them inside a “jail” box that was made partially of drywall.
Action News Jax reports that the parents are claiming that teachers at the Love Grove Elementary School regularly isolate special needs children by putting them inside the drywall box, which the students refer to as a “jail” where they’re placed for misbehaving.
The family is suing the Duval County public school system, as it alleges that the school’s administration was aware that its teachers were using the box, and yet did nothing to stop it. Attorney Aaron Bates, who is representing the family in the lawsuit, tells KPTV that the administration is also at fault for not providing proper training to its teachers for dealing with special needs students.
“The lawsuit says between August 2011 and June 2012 there were 304 instances of seclusion on 120 students with nearly 70% of those students having emotional behavior disorders,” reports KPTV. “The lawsuit also claims staff forced the student’s legs into the wrong braces, twisting his feet and causing bruising, sores and bleeding.”
The child was three years old at the time of his alleged mistreatment by the school.
The school district has so far declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Watch KPTV’s report on the lawsuit below.
Trump’s much-hyped Walmart and CVS coronavirus testing centers have been a massive flop
During a press conference last month, President Donald Trump brought several corporate bigwigs with him to announce that major retailers Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and Target would all be making their parking lots available to set up drive-through COVID-19 testing centers.
"The goal is for individuals to be able to drive up and be swabbed without having to leave your car," the president said.
It's been nearly three weeks since that announcement, however, and CNN reports that companies have only set up five of these testing centers in the United States so far -- and that none of them are available to the general public.
Trump admin dropped the ball on Pentagon’s offer to deliver thousand of ventilators: report
According to a CNN report this Tuesday, the Defense Department offered two weeks ago to make thousands of ventilators available, but the Trump administration failed to take them up on the offer.
After offering to send 2,000 ventilators to FEMA and HHS, the Pentagon never got the go-ahead to ship them off or any sort of directions on where to send them to.
CNN reports that the Defense Department also made its testing labs available, but still hasn't heard back from the White House.
Read the full report over at CNN.
‘Let’s not be silly!’ Kellyanne Conway barks at reporter for undermining her ‘bunker’ attack on Biden
White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended her assertion that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden owed President Donald Trump a call to the White House instead of criticizing the government's pandemic response from his "bunker."
During a gaggle outside the White House, Conway was asked why she had slammed Biden during an appearance on Fox & Friends earlier that morning.
"I find it to be petty and a tinge of partisanship and completely unhelpful to the American population to have a former vice president who was here for eight years in his bunker in Wilmington just lobbing criticisms," Conway said of her attack on Biden.