$600,000 settlement for death of autistic boy
The family of a 9-year-old special needs boy has received $600,000 in settlement of their claims against the residential school where he died. The boy, who suffered from a form of autism, had serious behavioral difficulties, and attended a residential school five days a week. He became unruly and uncontrollable while being walked to a bus for the trip from the classroom to the residence. The staff physically restrained him to control his behavior, and he suddenly stopped breathing and died. The plaintiff claimed that the staff had been improperly trained in the use of physical restraint for autistic children.