Having failed to convince a federal judge of their claims that Palm Beach County school officials violated their autistic son’s constitutional rights by physically restraining him nearly 90 times without their knowledge, a former Boynton Beach couple is now suing the school board in state court.
Their attorney, Leonel Plasencia, said Monday he will continue to argue that the school board should pay his clients millions for the damage that was done to their son when he was a student at Lantana Middle School nearly 10 years ago. But, he said, the federal court decision was heartbreaking to the couple who have fought to end the controversial practice of restraining special-needs children by holding them facedown on the floor.
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