Parents at three separate DC Public Schools have filed a lawsuit alleging their children with special needs suffered unexplained injuries while in DCPS care.
WASHINGTON — Multiple parents of children at three different DC Public Schools have joined a lawsuit alleging their children with special needs sustained unexplained injuries while in the care of DCPS staff. While allegations range from broken bones to children being locked in closets, kicking and screaming to be let out, the one thing the parents all allege is that they weren’t given explanations from the school on how their child was injured.
Yaida Ford represents five parents in the lawsuit against DC Public Schools. But she says there are many more unnamed claiming unexplained injuries inside special education classrooms.
“Every week, we’re getting a phone call from a different parent,” Ford said.
The lawsuit, filed in September 2020, places the blame for unexplained injuries on inadequate staffing and untrained aides.
“You can’t have too many autistic children in one classroom when you only have one aide teacher,” Ford said.
Carlet Harris, one of the parents suing, sent her 4-year-old son to Ludlow Taylor Elementary in 2019. Harris’ son has been diagnosed with severe autism and is considered non-verbal. She alleges that when she picked him up from school one afternoon, he showed her a lip injury and had loose teeth.