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.”