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Lawsuit alleges Portland third-grader with autism was thrown across room by school employee

The mother of a third grade student with autism has filed a lawsuit against the Multnomah Education Service District after a school employee allegedly threw her son across a seclusion room.

Tiria Jones’ son was a student at Four Creeks School for only five days when he suffered bruises on his legs, according to the lawsuit. The suit alleges a school employee inflicted corporal punishment, which is illegal, when they picked up the boy and threw him across a seclusion room after he was separated from his class.

The school district said the student was initially placed in restraints and removed from his class after climbing a bookshelf and kicking and spitting at school staff. According to the lawsuit, when Jones viewed the surveillance footage, it showed a school employee dragging her son down the hall and pushing him into the seclusion room.

The student placed his foot inside the door, preventing it from closing, and the employee then picked the boy up and threw him across the room, causing him to hit his head.

The lawsuit seeks $700,000 in damages for physical and emotional injuries to the student and his mother. The school district has declined to comment on whether the employee named in the suit is still employed.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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