Issues on school behaviour and emotionally disturbed kids are particularly bothersome. The issue is raised in Jay F v Wiliam Hart School in the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
The advocacy group COPAA of which I am a member notes: Research supports the [lower] court’s conclusion that emotional disturbance and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can manifest in problem behaviors like verbal threats of the sort made in this case and [the school] Hart has provided no evidence or research that would show that the [lower] court’s findings were clear error. This appeal has important implications for children with emotional disturbance. Reversing the district court’s rulings for A.F. would undermine the IDEA’s protections for such children and exacerbate their already abysmal educational outcomes.