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Autistic Boy Is Offered $86,000 to Move to a Private School [POLL]

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A public school in California offered a family $86,000 to settle complaints about the previous treatment of her autistic, mute and diabetic son. The money is to be used to move the boy to a private school and to keep the mother from filing any more complaints.    The mother, Heather Houston, alleges that her son was force-fed and discriminated against at school. Previously, Houston filed a complaint with the office of civil rights and says she plans to sue. Houston’s son is 22, but is still entitled to free public education until he turns 22.

Here is what the Houston had to say to ABC;

David’s education plan, which includes learning to write his name on a piece of paper, may not seem like much, but he has a right to it, Houston says.

“The law says he’s allowed access to education,” Houston told “I don’t want their money. I never wanted their money.”


Houston says she received the settlement offer two weeks after school officials turned David away on Aug. 15, the first day of classes.

“I don’t get it, because he’s a wonderful child,” said Annette Armstrong, the private duty nurse who accompanied David to school that day to monitor his diabetes. “David had a desk in there. We were where we were supposed to be.”


This seems to be a tough situation. Is the school within it’s rights, or not?


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