Lawsuit Filed After Student With Cerebral Palsy Had Mouth Taped Shut By School

November 06, 2017Nov 06, 2017

The Washington Post reports that last year, in March 2016, mother Doreen Smith received a text message from her daughter's teacher. The text message contained a very disturbing picture of her daughter, who has cerebral palsy, with four pieces of tape covering her mouth. The little girl was grimacing. 

"Help. She won't be quiet!!!!" the teacher wrote to the mother in another text message. 

It has also been reported that months later, Rosa was locked in a school bathroom for several hours as a punishment for gargling her spit. And another time, a school bus driver saw an employee slapping Rosa in the face several times.

These are only a couple of the many allegations detailed in a federal lawsuit that Smith has brought against her daughter's teacher and other employees at a special-education school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to court documents, Smith has claimed that the school is guilty of both abuse and neglecting her daughter over a span of more than a decade, stretching back to 2004. 

The mother didn't just do nothing upon learning of this inhumane treatment of her daughter. In fact, she made many complaints to the school, but officials did nothing, and instead told her that the physical injuries that they gave her were in fact self-inflicted or accidental.

The lawsuit is filed against Nes Johnson, who was the girl's teacher at the time. It is also aimed at the school's then-principal, Anne Nakan, as well as two unnamed employees. The Washtenaw Intermediate School District issued a statement claiming that no district official was aware of the abuse.

"The Washtenaw ISD wants to assure the parents of our district that we take the health, safety, and education of all of our students very seriously," the district said in a statement sent to the Free Press.

The lawsuit claims that the girl was transferred into Johnson's class after scalding hot coffee was spilled onto her leg, which caused third-degree burns. The school claimed that the little girl spilled the coffee on herself, but the lawsuit alleges that she is unable, in her current condition, to knock over a container of liquid onto herself.

“The Washtenaw ISD wants to assure the parents of our district that we take the health, safety, and education of all of our students very seriously. As to the subject of this lawsuit, the family did not report this, or any other complaint to the district until nearly a year after it occurred. During that subsequent year, the student continued attending school, in the same classroom, with the same teacher. When we were first informed of the family’s concern, we immediately conducted a complete investigation and took appropriate remedial action,” the district said.

Johnson has also denied the charges against Rosa, who is now 27 years old and wheelchair-bound. 

“I would never condone such a behavior and, had I been made aware or suspected any mistreatment of a student, would have immediately investigated the situation to protect the student,” she said.

According to Free Press, the lawsuit seeks damages in the 7 figures.

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