Mother of student restrained at Pueblo school awarded $2.2M

DENVER - A federal jury has awarded $2.2 million to the mother of a severely disabled student who was repeatedly restrained in a special control desk at a Pueblo school.

The jury in Denver concluded that Pueblo City Schools discriminated against the student by using the restraint. The student, who was 5 at the time, attended kindergarten in a special needs class at Bessemer Academy during the 2006-07 school year.

The child's mother, who sued in 2009, argued the restraint hindered her child's educational progress, and the trial was held to determine if staff violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

The child has Down syndrome and other disabilities.

School district spokesman Scott Jones tells The Pueblo Chieftain any action by the school board has yet to be determined.


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