A Michigan mother brought a lawsuit against her daughter’s school after a teacher allegedly taped her disabled daughter’s mouth shut and locked her in a bathroom, The Washington Post reported.
But the school district said that Smith did not report any complaints to the school until a year after the alleged abuse occurred.
Doreen Smith alleges in the lawsuit that in March 2016, she received a text message from her daughter’s teacher with a photo showing the girl, who has cerebral palsy, with four pieces of tape covering her mouth.
“Help. She won’t be quiet!!!!” the teacher wrote in the text messages.
Several months later, Smith claims that her daughter, Rosa Smith, was locked in a school bathroom for several hours to punish the girl for “gargling her spit.”
And in February, the lawsuit claims, a school bus driver saw an employee slap Rosa the face more than once.
Smith alleged that her daughter