Probe into student’s death finds school violated rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An investigation into a 13-year-old student’s death at a Northern California private school has found the school violated state rules when its staff put him in a face-down restraint position for nearly an hour.
The Sacramento Bee reports state education regulators found the staffers at Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills used an unreasonable amount of force and put the teen in restraint for longer than necessary.
A call and email message to the school has not been returned Saturday.
Max Benson, who had autism, became unresponsive while being held in a “prone restraint” and died a day later at a hospital.
A parent who said her son witnessed the restraint told the newspaper Benson was disciplined by a teacher and teacher’s aide for kicking a wall.