The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation.
The ACLU said two students' rights were violated when the EVSC asked them for what the ACLU called an excessive amount of paperwork before they could bring their Service dogs to the schools.***
Layla nips at Mackenzie Tucker like any normal dog would, but she does it for a different reason. Tucker has Type 1 Diabetes. Layla can sense when her owner's blood sugar is low or high. She went to school with Tucker one day this year.
"I was calm, " Tucker said. "I felt more safe with her there with me."
She said Layla hasn't been allowed since.
The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of the Tuckers' and another family who said their student also needed a service dog. ACLU Attorney Gavin Rose said the paperwork EVSC asked the families to complete was excessive and unconstitutional. But, Pat Shoulders, EVSC attorney, said it's proper protocol.
"We don't just have one child or student to worry about," Shoulders said. "We have the other 900 to be concerned about as well."
He said the school corporation wants to make sure the animals are healthy before they're admitted.
"They don't understand English best we can tell," Shoulders said. "So before we allow a dog in a school, we wanna make sure it's safe."
Shoulders cited Layla's recent check-up. But, Victoria Tucker said they only recently found out about the necessary testing and Layla has been treated with medication.
The EVSC attorney said the school corporation wants the case to be dismissed. The ACLU said they want both students to be able to bring their dogs to school without hassle.