Family Of Autistic Boy Allegedly Abused By School Staff Looking At Legal Options


UPDATED: Friday March 22, 2013 5:35 PM

The family of the 10-year old boy with autism who was allegedly abused in his elementary school is evaluating their legal options and might sue.

The family said on Friday that the district has not been honest about an incident that took place a few weeks ago.

The child’s mother, Amatullah Shields, said her son Naquis, who has autism, had to have two emergency root canals after being placed in a purple sock at South Mifflin Elementary School.

The restraint device is sometimes used to help special needs children, but the sock was not approved to be used on the boy as part of his Individualized Education Plan.

The boy’s mother said she was initially told her son fell and hit the concrete floor, knocking his teeth out. Then she said the story changed and she was told by one staff member that her son pulled his own teeth out.

Now, she says, all she wants is the truth.

“I’m disappointed, sad and right now going through a range of emotions and I want people to see how special needs children are treated,” Shields said.

The school failed to report the incident for several days. The district said they have placed both the principal and teacher in question on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation.

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