A teacher sent a text message to one of her student’s mother Doreen Smith along with the picture of the girl student in March 2016. The picture sent by a teacher was of Rose, taping her mouth, the girl has carebral palsy.
Rosa was punished for grimacing, her teacher used four piece of tape in order to cover her mouth. The teacher sent Rosa’s picture to her mother along with the caption that includes two emojis. According to the documents of court, the teacher wrote in caption, “Help. She won’t be quiet!!!!”
She was again punished for “gargling her spit” months later, it is said that Rosa was have been locked in the bathroom in school, she have been locked for hours. Smith has recently brought multiple allegations including these in a federal lawsuit against the teacher of her daughter.
The mother alleged that her daughter who has cerebral palsy was abused by teacher and school and over a time span of up to 10 years, she was neglected multiple times, from 2004.
According to the law suite, a school bus driver noticed that a school employee was slapping Rosa many times in the face.
On Thursday, Smith’s lawyer, Jonathan Marko said during a news conference that shool have avoided the complaints from the parents of Rosa. He told the reporters, “The school assured them that they were taking care of it, that they [Rosa’s parents] were overreacting, that whatever was happening, whatever they saw or thought was going on, that it was the student’s fault.”
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District responded to the matter by releasing the statement which reads that the district officials was completely unaware of the alleged abuse.
The district said in the statement, “The Washtenaw ISD wants to assure the parents of our district that we take the health, safety, and education of all of our students very seriously. As to the subject of this lawsuit, the family did not report this, or any other complaint to the district until nearly a year after it occurred. During that subsequent year, the student continued attending school, in the same classroom, with the same teacher. When we were first informed of the family’s concern, we immediately conducted a complete investigation and took appropriate remedial action.”