Monica Sullivan, who is the mother of a Huntington High School student says her son with disabilities was repeatedly beaten by a staff member.
She is now suing the former principal and the Caddo Parish school board.
It was filed Tuesday morning and claims her son was restrained, punched and crushed by the staff member.
The student is non-verbal and lives with autism.
The person accused of abusing him is one of his paraprofessionals, Marlon Jackson.
The family’s attorney tells me another staff member reported the abuse to then-principal Tellaunce Graham, who did nothing.
“You know hearing about this with your child is horrible enough but then to find out that justice was not served with the respect to abuse of paraprofessionals it’s just horrifying. Often they say the cover-up is worse than the crime and in this case, the crime is worse than the cover-up. The cover-up is pretty bad too,” said attorney Andrew Bizer.
Months after Graham moved to another district in Texas, the mother reported the abuse to the new principal.
He launched an investigation and Jackson was cited for simple battery.
We did reach out to the Caddo Parish School District.
The district was not aware of the lawsuit.
District officials did say they will send out a statement.
The family is asking for compensation for emotional trauma.
There is not a specific amount.