Parent Sues School District, Claiming Child was Abused

Published 03/12 2014 05:59AM

Updated 03/12 2014 09:54AM

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- One Bentonville mom says her son didn't get the proper education at school but instead was sent to therapy where he was abused.

"His day consisted of being places in physical holes and seclusion," Theresa Caldwell, an attorney for the Bentonville mom says.

Strong accusations come from the Little Rock lawyer on behalf of the Bentonville parent who says the Bentonville school district deprived her 6-year-old son -- referred to as 'L' in a 31-page lawsuit -- from the proper special education he needed.

"He was sent to TDT, and his mother was told that he could not return to the Bentonville school district," Caldwell says.

TDT, also known as therapeutic day treatment, where the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court last week, claims 'L' went through up to 250 episodes of physical restraints and seclusions at Vista health locations.

"Consequently, he had a tremendous amount of regression," Caldwell says.

Cladwell claims the school district avoided addressing behavior issues and instead suspended the child and forced him to TDT.

She also says this is an issue not just happening in northwest Arkansas, but around the state.

"I hope to stop the Bentonville school district from placing any other children in Vista TDT," Caldwell says.

"And I hope to stop the Department of Education from allowing centers like TDT to be in business."

KNWA did reach out to the Bentonville school district, as well as to the Vista Health Clinic, however, neither wanted to respond to the lawsuit accusations at this time.

(KNWA, Fayetteville)

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