'Pattern of abuse of autistic children in Florida schools'
08/22/2008 Miami, FL
There is a pattern of abuse, neglect and humiliation. That's what more than 100 parents of autistic children in Florida are telling the state attorney general's office and anyone who will listen.The parents and others claim children with autism are being mistreated — in some cases physically harmed — by teachers and staff who are supposed to be helping them. On the Treasure Coast alone, there are two potential lawsuits against the St. Lucie County School District by parents of autistic children."These aren't isolated incidents. This is an epidemic," said one Port St. Lucie parent, Anna Moore, who says her then-7-year-old autistic son was mistreated by staff at his school in 2007. "It's time it stopped."
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