Resource: G.T. v. Kanawha County

By: Bazelon Center

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020 – The Bazelon Center and other advocates represent The Arc of West Virginia and parents of an autistic child in a class action in federal court in Charleston, West Virginia, alleging widespread failures by Kanawha County Schools (KCS) to educate children with disabilities, including autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health issues, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The class action complaint asserts that KCS—the public school district serving the Charleston metro area—has failed to provide behavioral supports to students with disabilities and is instead punishing them by sending them home instead of educating them. Attorneys for The Arc of West Virginia and the parents—the Bazelon Center, Disability Rights of West Virginia, Mountain State Justice, The Arc of the United States, and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP—allege that KCS has violated federal laws protecting students with disabilities.