Teacher Bully: Elementary School in Malibu

TEACHER BULLY: Elementary School in Malibu.
October 24, 2022

Is it equal for special education students? Disabled students face a lot of challenges. Bullying, timeout, seclusion, and restraint.

What’s in the news?

October 22, 2022.
Special needs parents win $45 million lawsuit over abuse at SMMUSD school
by Santa Monica Daily Press, Santa Monica, California. Newlon Rouge, Inc.

What’s the story?

Santa Monica Daily Press in California reported that a jury decided that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District must pay $45 million to a family of twins because a behavioral aide at a Malibu school physically abused two 7 year old autistic twins.

The lawsuit was filed in 2019 after an incident at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School when an employee used corporal punishment including restraint, abuse and intentional battery against two special education second graders. On October 20, 2022, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found with the plaintiffs.

A bus driver reported several incidents during the 2017-2018 school year. One time, the driver witnessed the aide restrain and punish the autistic twins by putting hand sanitizer on their cuts.

The parents told Daily Press that the administrators failed the twins by allowing the abuse for months despite clear warnings, and that the school refuses to acknowledge the harm.

The twins have limited communication abilities.

Both the aide and the district were named as defendants with other administrators who are mandatory reporters of child abuse. They are: the principal at the time, an administrator, a teacher, a special education coordinator, the special education director, and an assistant superintendent.

The superintendent told Daily Press that the verdict was not justified, and later called for ain independent review. Two school board members also called for an independent review, and a spokesperson said that the verdict would be paid out of insurance.

The district didn’t accept responsibility, thus, proving the point the parents made about the situation.

Included in the story?

No. The parents were identified, but their twins weren’t. Communication difficulties are mentioned.

COMMENTARY:

Is this the Least Restrictive Environment?

The victims, a pair of twins, are identified as a special education students, which means they were not in the least restrictive environment, which is being with their nondisabled peers.

What needs to change?

Stop abusing autistic students.

This is an example of why:

School districts can’t be trusted to keep all students safe.

An independent review is necessary. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which handles law enforcement in the City of Malibu, and the Santa Monica Police Department in the City of Santa Monica, must be part of it.