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Yesterday, we filed a lawsuit on behalf of our son against the Temecula Valley Unified School District, and will seek punitive damages against at least two high ranking administration officials.
The lawsuit has been filed in California State Court, for the following causes of action:
- Intentional infliction of emotional distress (IIED)
- Negligent infliction of emotional distress
And under the IIED claim, we will be also seeking redress for bullying and civil harassment, among other things.
This case is likely to be a case of first impression which may create new law expanding a district’s direct and indirect responsibilities to special needs students under its supervision on campus and immediately before and after school.
We will be seeking both general and special damages in an unspecified sum including (1) general damages/emotional distress damages (2) future and past medical expenses-special damages and (3) punitive damages against Michael Hubbard, Director of Child Welfare and Attendance, and Kimberly Velez, Director of Special Education.
This is How We Will End Undercover Drug Stings in Schools
We believe that by making our son’s story public, and by holding the school district accountable through highly visible legal action, we have the opportunity to make what happened here so well known that when school districts are approached by law enforcement, offering to bring undercover drug stings to their campuses, school administrators will think twice.
These undercover drug sting operations are still happening in schools across the nation at an alarming rate, and they do not work. The Los Angeles Police Department, who pioneered these operations, actually stopped doing them because they were ineffective, and entrapped a very high ratio of special education students and minorities. And zero tolerance policies allow the civil rights of kids to be trampled, which is what happened to our son.
So we find it ironic that these sting operations entrap kids who don’t have drug problems, while ignoring the real issues involving students and drugs. They create problems and headlines, but never solutions.
This ReasonTV video tells the story of what happened to our son, and makes a compelling argument against undercover drug stings altogether.
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