Lawsuit: Clark County Kindergarten Student Put In Dark, Padded Room For Punishment

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Updated: 5/31/2012 5:57 pm
        ABC 36 News has learned that Matthew and Lindsay Lucas are suing the Clark County Public School District for $5 million over how they say their daughter Alyssa Lucas was punished at school on February 18, 2010.

        According to the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Matthew and Lindsay Lucas claim their daughter, then a kindergartner at Fannie Bush Elementary School, was put into a dark, padded room with only one window and a chair for six minutes, all alone.

       Lindsay Lucas says in a narrative in the lawsuit that Fannie Bush Elementary Principal Angela Taylor told her husband Matthew that the room was "a place for kids to think about what they had done."
      
       According to the lawsuit, Principal Taylor went on to tell Matthew Lucas that Alyssa Lucas "was not forced into the room."

       The lawsuit also includes a letter, reportedly from Alyssa Lucas' teacher at the time, Leslie Hammer, written to Lindsay Lucas which said, "We made the decision to have Alyssa take a time out in the time out room for six minutes."

        However, the Lucas' claim another letter quoted in their lawsuit, contradicts school officials earlier claims about the padded room timeout.

       The letter in the suit is dated a year and a half after the reported incident. 
       It was reportedly from Fannie Bush Elementary Principal Angela Taylor, teacher Leslie Hammer and another teacher Teresa Palmer to School District Attorney Henry Rosenthal.
       On the reported incident, it said they, "had Alyssa complete a time out while sitting at a desk in a classroom. They talked to Alyssa about the timeout room, but did not have her go into the room."

        Lindsay and Matthew Lucas moved out of the school district after the reported incident.

        When ABC 36 News went to the school district for comment, we were told to contact Clark County School District Attorney Henry Rosenthal.
       When reached by phone, Rosenthal told us he wasn't aware of the lawsuit and had no comment. 
         
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