Boy With Autism To Receive $350,000 After Being Voted Out Of Class
A Florida boy with autism who was voted out of his kindergarten class is expected to receive $350,000 in a legal settlement with his school district resulting from the matter.
In May 2008, 5-year-old Alex Barton was voted out of his kindergarten class by his fellow students after he exhibited behavior problems. At the time of the incident the boy was in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
In response Barton’s mom sued the St. Lucie County School Board, teacher Wendy Portillo and the local teacher’s union. The parties agreed to a settlement last week, which is in the process of being reviewed by the courts.
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Under the agreement, Barton would receive about $200,000 right away with the remaining funds disbursed over a series of years after he turns 18. No one admits to wrongdoing according to the terms of the deal.
Since Barton was voted from class, Portillo was suspended from teaching for one year without pay, but she is now back in the classroom, reports the Scripps Florida Treasure Coast Newspapers. To read more click here.