(MICHIGAN LIVE) — A 12-year-old boy with autism was the victim of physical abuse by a teacher with a track record of losing his cool, according to a lawsuit filed against the Lansing School District and individual actors Monday.
On Oct. 7, 2014, a student identified as C.G. went to sharpen his pencil in his classroom at Gardner Leadership, Law and Government Academy, a K-8 school in the Lansing School District, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan on Monday. C.G. had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit disorder, and qualified for special education services.
Teacher Lester Duvall was substituting for another teacher and told C.G. to sit down. When C.G. instead tried another pencil sharpener, Duvall "grabbed him by the arm, dragged him to the classroom door, and threw him on the floor and into a bookcase," according to the complaint, and C.G. sustained a concussion and bruising.
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