Lawsuit: Teacher taped mouth of adult special needs student

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP/WHDH) — A teacher, her former supervisor and a Michigan school district are named in a federal lawsuit alleging abuse that included taping shut the mouth of Rosa, a 26-year-old student with cerebral palsy.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Rosa’s mother alleges a photo was taken of the March 2016 incident at Ann Arbor High Point, a school for special-needs students. The photo was texted by the teacher to the student’s mother with the caption: “Help. She won’t be quiet!!!!”

The lawsuit also alleges that Rosa had hot coffee poured on her, was locked in the bathroom for long periods of time and was slapped across the face.

Washtenaw Intermediate Schools says no complaints were made by the family until nearly a year later. Spokeswoman Emma Jackson tells The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that the teacher and her supervisor no longer work for the district.

The newspapers were unable to reach the teacher for comment.

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