The Lee County School District has agreed to pay a settlement of $200,000 to a couple who claimed that a kindergarten teacher abused their autistic son.
The parents sued the school district last year, claiming that his teacher force fed him, twisted his wrists, and bent his fingers back to discipline him. The suit blamed the school district for hiring the teacher, even though she allegedly had a previous history of using inappropriate discipline methods against special needs students in Charlotte County. The suit also accused school administrators of keeping the teacher in the classroom despite allegations that she had been abusive while teaching at Gulf Elementary in Cape Coral – another Lee County elementary school.
The couple claims that in the seven months their son was in the teacher’s class, he went from “happy-go-lucky” to a nonverbal child who hurt himself and now requires round-the-clock care.