Mom sues school district, teacher over son’s alleged abuse

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A mother is suing the Lansing School District, some district officials and a former special education teacher over abuse she says her 13-year-old son suffered.

Jennifer Garza filed the civil suit Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids.

Garza says her son has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit disorder. The lawsuit alleges that the boy suffered a concussion, bruising and a black eye after he was tossed on the floor and into a bookcase at Gardner Academy.

Teacher Lester Duvall was fired last year. Court records show he was charged with a misdemeanor and fined $300 in June.

A telephone number listed for Duvall was disconnected.

District spokesman Robert Kolt said Monday “it would be inappropriate for the Lansing School District to comment on pending litigation.”

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