School 'refused to let non-verbal girl with autism, 14, use bathroom,' mother lawsuit claims

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School ‘refused to let non-verbal girl with severe autism, 14, use restroom – then restrained her when she soiled herself and threw feces, leaving an injury the size of a HOCKEY PUCK,’ mother’s lawsuit claims

  • Dawn Malvase filed the suit against the Poudre School District on behalf of her 14-year-old daughter, Jalilah Al-Haddad, after the incident last July 
  • According to the lawsuit, Jalilah – who has severe autism and is mostly non-verbal – notified her teacher that she needed to go to the restroom 
  • The teacher allegedly told the teen that she needed to wait and while doing so, Jalilah wound up soiling her pants, the lawsuit states 
  • Malvase said that her daughter grew frustrated and started flinging feces around the room
  • During that time she was physically restrained and dragged to a room, getting injured in the process, her mother claims

A school in Colorado refused to let a non-verbal autistic teen use the restroom, violently restraining the girl after she soiled herself and started throwing feces around the classroom, her mother claimed in a lawsuit.

Dawn Malvase filed the suit against the Poudre School District on behalf of her 14-year-old daughter, Jalilah Al-Haddad, after the district said that local police found no wrongdoing. 

‘It’s like traumatizing a 2-year-old. You can’t speak about what happened and how it affected them,’ she explained to KDVR.  

According to the lawsuit, Jalilah – who has severe autism and is mostly non-verbal – notified her teacher that she needed to go to the restroom one day, last March.

Dawn Malvase filed the suit against the Poudre School District on behalf of her 14-year-old daughter, Jalilah Al-Haddad, after the district said that local police found no wrongdoing in the March 2020 incident

Dawn Malvase filed the suit against the Poudre School District on behalf of her 14-year-old daughter, Jalilah Al-Haddad, after the district said that local police found no wrongdoing in the March 2020 incident

According to the lawsuit, Jalilah - who has severe autism and is mostly non-verbal - notified her teacher that she needed to go to the restroom

According to the lawsuit, Jalilah – who has severe autism and is mostly non-verbal – notified her teacher that she needed to go to the restroom

The teacher allegedly told the teen that she needed to wait and while doing so, Jalilah wound up soiling her pants, the lawsuit states.

‘You can’t deny someone from using the bathroom. I was enraged. I was in shock. I didn’t know what to do. You’re caught in a place where you trust these people with your child and something like this happens,’ her mother shared. 

Malvase said that her daughter grew frustrated and started flinging feces around the room. 

During that time she was physically restrained and dragged to a room, getting injured in the process, her mother claims. 

The teacher allegedly told the teen that she needed to wait and while doing so, Jalilah wound up soiling her pants, the lawsuit states

The teacher allegedly told the teen that she needed to wait and while doing so, Jalilah wound up soiling her pants, the lawsuit states

Malvase said that her daughter grew frustrated and started flinging feces around the room. During that time she was physically restrained and dragged to a room, getting injured in the process.

Malvase said that her daughter grew frustrated and started flinging feces around the room. During that time she was physically restrained and dragged to a room, getting injured in the process.

‘It clearly looked like a rug burn. It actually looked like a wound the size of a hockey puck that was blistering,’ explained Malvase. 

'It clearly looked like a rug burn. It actually looked like a wound the size of a hockey puck that was blistering,' explained Malvase

‘It clearly looked like a rug burn. It actually looked like a wound the size of a hockey puck that was blistering,’ explained Malvase

The school district, however, said that the Fort Collins Police investigated and found no wrongdoing on their part.

‘Poudre School District takes the safety and wellbeing of all our students and staff seriously. The district does not comment on confidential student matters,’ the district said in a statement.

‘PSD determined that staff followed appropriate district policies and procedures. Generally, we can confirm that Fort Collins Police Services investigated this situation in 2020 and found no wrongdoing on behalf of the school district. ‘ 

But Malvase and her lawyer, Igor Raykin, are not pleased with the district’s sentiment regarding the incident.

‘State law says they are not allowed to restrain that child unless the child is posing a substantial risk to herself or others,’ said the family’s lawyer, with the Colorado Law Team.   

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