Mom says special needs daughter suffered bruises at school

- A Clinton Township woman says her special needs child was put in restraints at school - without her knowing.

Mother of four Albany King is furious after finding bruises and marks on her 10-year-old daughter. 

"I'm scared," King said. "I'm really scared."

King says her daughter, who is non-verbal, attends Glen Peters school in Macomb, along with her sister. But last week, King says she discovered something strange.

"When I checked her backpack, some restraints fell out," King said. "I'm thinking like, these aren't Kamaya's, usually a child has to be fitted for these particular restraints. You need to have a prescription, and you have to explain why this child needs these restraints."

Becoming upset, King says she left a note in her daughter's communication folder, asking to speak with her substitute teacher.

"Who told you to restrain my child?" she said.

King was referred to the school's principal and says she was told the school was looking into the matter. King was told her daughter had been restrained because she had a "rough day."

"I don't care what type of rough day, you could have called me," King said. "If she is having that bad of a rough day, call me. I will come get my child. You don't just restrain my child."

King then contacted the superintendent of Macomb Intermediate Public Schools anxiously wondering how many times her young daughter has been restrained.

"She can't come home and say mom I've been tied down today," King said. "It worries me about other kids that are still in the school."

King says since discovering the restraints she says her two daughters have not been back to this school. She is hoping to have them transferred and she says she will home school them if needed.

The assistant superintendent told FOX 2 Tuesday while she cannot discuss specific students, there are special needs students who require "support," and the school uses a range of supports consistent with guidelines adding that the school has since conducted awareness training.

"The training should be done before they are placed in class to work with these students," King said.

She said she’s always had faith in this school and its teachers but now she can't help but worry about other students.

"Keep checking on your kids, do pop-ups, ask questions, check over their bodies," King said. "Because something could really be happening and going on."
 

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