The abuse of special needs children in schools is an ongoing problem and can have tragic life-long consequences for the victims. The Maher Law Firm is committed to help these vulnerable children and their families. Often, after completing an investigation of specific claims, our team is able to show that there are systemic problems within the school district which allow such egregious abuse to occur and continue. In addition, it is common to find that such abuse occurs on children that are non-communicative and therefore cannot tell anybody what is happening to them. The Maher Law firm works with a group of experts who specialize in fields such as special education, autism, abuse and pupil transportation in our effort to advocate for the rights of disabled children and their families. If you or somebody you know has been affected by this type of abuse, The Maher Law Firm may be able to help.
In The Orlando Sentinel On July 10 2012:
“Lake County teacher accused of slapping special-needs students”
By: Erica Rodriguez, Orlando Sentinel
“A Lake County teacher is facing termination after being accused of slapping and squeezing the faces of her special-needs students, according to a termination letter sent by the district.” “Fruitland Park Elementary kindergarten teacher Jaclyn Ockerman is accused of yanking her autistic students’ arms, squeezing their faces and slapping them, according to a letter sent last month. In the letter, Superintendent Susan Moxley also wrote that a “culture of silence” was created in Ockerman’s classroom that discouraged staff from coming forward to report the abuse.”