An autistic 18-year-old Berkmar High School student was reportedly injured by an assistant teacher at school Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
According to Fox Atlanta News, Trevon Mason suffered bruising and injuries to his wrist and forearm as an assistant teacher attempted to restrain him during an alleged classroom outburst.
Porscha Clemons was apparently called to Berkman High School in Liliburn after school officials called her Tuesday morning to announce her son had suffered a bruise while being restrained. However, Ms. Clemons was reportedly alarmed to discover the extent of her son’s injuries upon arrival. She alleges school officials could not “explain exactly what happened.”
Ms. Clemons transported her son to the hospital for treatment.
Our Legal Take
The Murray Law Firm is following the incident closely and questions whether the level of staff training and special needs resources at Berkmar High School are adequate to meet individual student needs.
Why was an assistant teacher handling the alleged outburst? Was the assistant teacher left alone in the classroom? Did this staff member have training and education to safely restrain a student in an effort to prevent injury or stress to himself or others? What attempts were made by the staff member to call a professional educated to calmly and safely protect the student and de-escalate the situation?
What resources are available to educators at Berkman High School to handle the individual needs of autistic students? What training have Mr. Mason’s educators received to specifically handle the needs of an autistic student?
What school procedures are in place to handle a student outburst without injury to the child? How did these methods fail and what is now being done to re-educate and train staff?
Should the school system have failed in their duty to protect Trevon Mason, the parents of Mr. Mason may elect to hold the school system civilly liable for his injuries.
Claims of this magnitude will send a much-needed message to all local school systems on the critical need to provide proper resources, education and training to protect and teach autistic and special needs students. Perhaps, through such claims, other students may be spared the stress, embarrassment and injury caused by a lack of proper resources and training.
The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect young victims of school negligence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.