An Autistic boy died after 3 workers of school pinned him down for 2 hours as he vomited and wet himself.
13-year-old Tragic Max Benson died in November 2018 after he was controlled face down on the floor at private Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills, California.
The school’s ex-principal Staranne Meyers, teacher Kimberly Wohlwand and the school site administrator Cindy Keller have been charged for manslaughter.
A civil lawsuit registered against the school claims Wohlwand restrained Benson with the aid of other school workers.
Max was ill and urinated on himself but was never let up from the face-down “prone restraint” position until he ended breathing.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s officials told that the boy grew violent and had to be restrained by staff to stop other students from getting hurt. Authorities told after Max stopped breathing, a teacher started CPR.
However, paramedics were not contacted until 25 minutes after Max was rendered unconscious.
When paramedics came, they found that he had no pulse and was not breathing.
Stacia Langley, Max’s mum, said that the Sacramento Bee that her son was unresponsive when she appeared at the Folsom hospital where Max had been brought.
He was transferred to the University of California Davis Medical Center, where he was declared brain dead and later died.
Max’s death restarted an investigation into the school by sheriff’s officials and the Department of Education, which discovered Guiding Hands staff “imposed a prolonged prone restraint on Max and disappointed to render competent medical aid to Max.”
The Education Department suspended the school’s state certification in December and closed forever.