STUDENT COMPLAINT: Autistic Student Restrained

Parents of an 11-year old Greene County student with autism are furious over the way they say their son was controlled by his teachers. 

Eleven-year old Ian Jensen has been struggling with autism his whole life.  Last week it led to a struggle with his teachers at his school in Grand Junction. 

It started when Ian began getting frustrated in math class.  He was brought to the office where he lost control and, his family says, was held down by three teachers. “I got called by the school to come pick him up.  That there were problems. As she hung up the phone I heard him yelling in the background ‘No. No. Stop.'” Ian’s mother, Carrie Jensen recalls, “I walked into the office and saw the three teachers holding him to the floor.”

The district says, sometimes teachers have to restrain students for their own safety.

“Teachers and staff have to be able to use reasonable necessary restraints to protect students from themselves and from causing harm to anybody else, other students or staff.” says East Greene School Superintendent Mike Harter.

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