2 officials, teacher charged in autistic student’s death

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern California have charged two private school administrators and a teacher with involuntary manslaughter in the November 2018 death of a 13-year-old autistic student.

The Sacramento Bee reports former Guiding Hands School site administrator Cindy Keller, Guiding Hands principal Staranne Meyers and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend will be arraigned Wednesday in Max Benson’s death.

Benson became unresponsive while being held in a “prone restraint” at the school and died a day later at a hospital.

State education regulators found evidence that staffers at the El Dorado Hills school used an unreasonable amount of force and put Benson in restraint for longer than necessary.

Guiding Hands has been the subject of several state investigations over its treatment of special-needs students. In January, state education officials de-certified the school. It closed later that month.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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