Report: Parents of autistic boy, 5, claim school abuse

reposted from a story alread online authored By Ryan Lavis | lavis@siadvance.com
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on March 21, 2016 at 9:32 PM, updated March 22, 2016 at 12:41 AM
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The parents of a 5-year-old autistic boy allege that an educational aide at PS 373R in West Brighton threw their son to the ground during class because he was licking his own hand, and that a city school official covered up the incident, according to DNAinfo.com.

Theresa and Paul Zapken reportedly plan on suing the city’s Department of Education over the incident.

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The parents of a 5-year-old autistic boy allege that an educational aide at PS373R in West Brighton threw their son to the ground during class, according to DNAinfo.com.

The couple claims that the school’s assistant principal, Maria Dinneny, lied to them about the March 26, 2015, incident. She told the parents that the allegations were unsubstantiated and neglected to inform them that the aide had a previous student abuse incident, according to the report.

The couple reportedly only learned the truth months later when they obtained a copy of the incident report through a Freedom of Information Law request.

“It should have never happened,” the Zapkens’ lawyer, Michael L. Walker, told DNAinfo. “This is something that everyone with kids in the public school should know about.”

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