Parents of Michigan boy videotaped stuck in chair plan lawsuit

05/09/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Detroit – The parents of an elementary school student who was videotaped while stuck in a chair say they were blindsided by the decision of the school district to not fire the child’s teacher. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the parents say they plan to file a lawsuit because they now “have no recourse.”

An attorney for the family said on Friday that they were told of the Goodrich Area Schools district’s plans to withdraw tenure charges against Nicole McVey over the incident at a meeting Wednesday. The lawyer, Patrick Greenfelder, says the family was handed an apology letter from McVey.

The boy, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is shown in the video with his arms and head stuck in the chair. Greenfelder alleges that McVey and Oaktree Elementary School’s then-Principal Michael Ellis can be heard taunting the student in the video.

The school board voted unanimously on Thursday to suspend the teacher without pay or benefits for a year. Greenfelder is quoted as stating of the decision, “Through all of this mess, the clients had been fully supportive of the superintendent and the school board on this difficult decision… Now, for whatever reason, they have reneged on the promise. … A lawsuit appears to be their only recourse.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Detroit Legal News

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