According to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, a Michigan teacher taped a disabled student’s mouth shut and that was just part of the abuse the student endured.
Rosa Smith has cerebral palsy as well as other disabilities. She suffered “physical, emotional and psychological harm” during her time at High Point School in Ann Arbor.
The teacher, Nesa Johnson has been accused of taping Smith’s mouth shut and sending a photo of the student to her mother. The photo had a message with it that read, “Help. She won’t be quiet!!!”
“Taping a special-needs student’s mouth shut is appalling in-and-of-itself, but was especially torturous for Rosa, who is physically unable to remove the tape, has trouble breathing and clearing her throat, and breathes out of her mouth,” the lawsuit says.
“Defendant Johnson’s actions put Rosa’s life in jeopardy. Furthermore, hair and skin were missing from the area of Rosa’s face where Johnson removed the tape,” the lawsuit went on to say.
During her time at the school, staff would overmedicate her, slap her and lock her in the bathroom for extended periods of time. They also spilled hot coffee on her leg.
According to the lawsuit, staff “intentionally over-medicated Rosa to mollify, pacify and sedate her instead of providing the educational services to which she had a federal right.”
Then in February this year, someone working at the school slapped Smith in the face multiple times “in plain view” of other students and staff.