School Staff Charge With Murder Of Autistic Boy, What They Did Will Make Your Sick
A Northern California school and three of its employees have been charged after an autistic student died as a result of being restrained. Facedown for at least an hour.
Guiding Hands School, a former private school in El Dorado Hills, California, and three of its ex-employees were charged with felony involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday, nearly a year after 13-year-old Max Benson died while in the school's care, authorities said.
The school's executive director, principal and a special education teacher were each charged with manslaughter in connection to the student's death, according to the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office.
All of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned today. Formal pleas have not been entered by any of them.
“This charge is based on the November 28, 2018, prone restraint of a minor student by Kimberly Wohlwend that resulted in that student’s death,” a statement from prosecutors explains.
Max was restrained, his face to the floor, for an hour, according to investigators.
While he was restrained, investigators allege Max become unresponsive. A teacher at the school performed CPR, reviving him, and he was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center.
“This case is being filed after a lengthy, multi-agency investigation into the facts and circumstances that led to the death of this student,” it continues.
Guiding Hands School, Inc., is a privately operated, publicly funded school specializing in providing educational services for students with needs so exceptional they cannot be met in a public school setting.
"Nothing is going to bring Max back but to have those people who caused his death held accountable for what they did,"Max's mother told reporters, as she hopes justice, in this case, will help prevent this from happening to another child.
“On December 5, 2018, The California Department of Education suspended the certification of Guiding Hands School, Inc., and the school was subsequently closed,” the prosecutor's statement added.