- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Another Reno-area family is suing the Washoe County School District, alleging their child with disabilities was abused when he was punished by a classroom aide six years ago.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports (https://on.rgj.com/2gQaBLS ) the case filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Reno is the third in recent months to allege abuse of a child with disabilities.

All three suits came after the district agreed to pay two families $1.35 million to settle allegations of abuse by a teacher at Picollo School, the district’s segregated site for children with severe disabilities.

In a statement the district said it “always takes seriously any allegation of misconduct by its employees” and would look into case.

“Based on those findings, we will continue to adjust our policies, regulations, and training practices to ensure that all our children receive the highest quality education available,” it said. “We will also, when appropriate, vigorously defend the district’s actions.”

A lawsuit in September alleges that a 5-year-old with autism was abused in 2015 by a teacher at a Sparks elementary school.

Another case filed in October alleges that a 9-year-old boy with Down syndrome endured physical and emotional abuse at a separate Sparks school the same school year.

The new lawsuit alleges that a boy with autism, then 5, came home with injuries from a district preschool program in 2010 or 2011 after a school aide said he’d scuffled with another child.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, https://www.rgj.com

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