GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Eyewitness News is getting more insight into the federal lawsuit filed against the North Gibson School Corporation over the alleged treatment of a special education student.
Gibson County Special Services and its director Lisa Brewer are named as defendants in the lawsuit, along with others.
In a response filed by Jeremy Dilts, a lawyer for North Gibson School Corporation, Brewer and the Gibson County Special Services deny violating the student’s rights.
“These Defendants deny they personally neglected R.N. or subjected her to various forms of physical, mental discriminatory abuse, either by acts or omissions. “
“These Defendants deny they personally established a pattern of discrimination against a person with disabilities through egregious forms of mistreatment and abuse.”
“These Defendants deny that they personally improperly used the terms “time out” and “seclusion” and improperly described R.N.’s seclusion to her parents.”
“These Defendants deny that they personally violated a seclusion or restraint policy.”
The lawsuit was filed by a grandparent and parent of a 7-year-old student with disabilities that attended Princeton Community Primary School North.
According to the lawsuit, the child was often put in a 3 foot by 5 foot “seclusion room” while the door was held shut. The suit says the parents were under the impression it was timeout as typically used at home.
The lawsuit also says the child was secluded about 106 times in the 117 days she was present in the self-contained Emotionally Disabled classroom.
The suit also alleges battery, emotional distress, assault and false imprisonment.
The plaintiffs are asking for undisclosed damages, including punitive and emotional distress compensation.
Click here for our previous story and to read the lawsuit.
You can read the lawyer’s response to the lawsuit below.
(This story was originally published on Dec. 10, 2019)