Khaldoun Baghdadi and Valerie Rose have filed a civil rights lawsuit against school administrators and the Clark County Nevada School District in Las Vegas on behalf of three special needs children for failing to protect them from physical abuse, and thereafter intentionally concealing the abuse from their parents. Our team is prosecuting the cases in association with Rahul Ravipudi, Ian Samson and Adam Ellis of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP of Los Angeles.
Due to their disabilities the plaintiffs and their classmates are functionally non-verbal. During interviews conducted by Child Protective Services and Clark County School District Police, the complaint alleges that students told investigators that their teacher repeatedly struck them on their hands and bodies with a long, wooden stick. The full extent and duration of the abuse suffered by the children is currently unknown. The effects of the abuse, however, are evident to their families who have seen changes in their children including frequent nightmares, difficulty sleeping, crying often, emotional volatility, sadness, aggressive behavior with siblings, and responding to simple reprimands with hysterical crying.
The lawsuit seeks relief for Violation of the American with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Supervision, and Enhanced Damages for Injury or Loss Suffered by a Vulnerable Person. The case is Barnett, et al. v. Clark County School District, Case No. 2:21-CV-00218, United States District Court, District of Nevada.