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Student Sues For Not Being Included
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 31, 2003

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT--A student with disabilities has sued Middletown and the Board of Education, claiming it violated federal laws by not including her in regular classes.

In the suit, Cherina Watson said she "sustained injuries and damages as a direct result of the negligence, recklessness and intentional disregard" of professionally accepted education standards by officers and employees of the town and Board of Education.

She alleged that for the last 14 years school employees misrepresented her disabilities, failed to let her and her family know she had the right to participate in regular classes, and neglected to tell them about their right to challenge school practices and policies, the Middletown Press reported Thursday.

"Cherina has been deprived of an appropriate education and has suffered emotional harm," her attorney said, noting that the damages have not yet been determined. "Many of the injuries may be permanent."

Neither Watson's age nor her disability label were mentioned in the article.

Related article:
"Student sues over education placement" (Middletown Press)

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