Lawsuit claims school kept boy isolated all year

The boy has Down Syndrome and is non-verbal

Taft Elementary School as seen in Google Street View.

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (KOIN) — A lawsuit claims staff at an elementary school kept a boy isolated for most of the 2014-2015 school year.

The student, who was 10 years old at the time, had Down Syndrome and is non-verbal. The lawsuit alleges that staff at Taft Elementary kept the boy in a closet-sized “seclusion room” for most of the year without his mother’s knowledge and against her wishes.

The mother reportedly learned of the isolation more than a month after it happened.

The lawsuit alleges that the boy was secluded as “punishment for behavior related to his disability.”


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