COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal lawsuit seeks information on the Columbus city school district’s use of timeout rooms for children with severe emotional and behavioral problems.
The lawsuit filed by the Ohio Legal Rights Service was sparked by a parent’s complaint to the agency that her autistic son had been placed in such a room where he contracted a staph infection.
The lawsuit filed Monday said the student was afraid of the room and afraid of returning to school.
The lawsuit alleges the district has failed to provide the legal rights group with documents it requested about the rooms, including how many the district has and the names of students placed in them during this school year.
District spokesman Jeff Warner told The Columbus Dispatch the district’s lawyers are reviewing the lawsuit.