Monday, September 16, 2013

Beaten and Tasered at school for the deaf, parents claim

Staff members at the American School for the Deaf chased a student into a construction site where police Tasered the boy without warning, his parents claim in Federal Court.

A.M. is a "profoundly deaf" 12-year-old resident of Bronx, N.Y., who also has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

His parents, Audley and Judith Muschette, sued the American School for the Deaf, the town of West Hartford, Conn., two West Hartford police officers and two school employees.

The complaint describes a March 2013 altercation at the school where an unknown staff member choked A.M., and threw him to the ground "without justification or cause," leading the boy to suffer "significant head injuries."

An employee of American School for the Deaf who spoke to the Muschettes about the incident described A.M.'s assailant as "E," but would not reveal the worker's full name.

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