Special Needs School Employee Charged with Abuse of Special Needs Student in Broward County

August 17, 2012 – Broward County, FL – An employee of an alternative education school in Davie has been released from jail on bond after being charged with two counts of child abuse.

Allegedly, the school employee, David Baier, mistreated the student for being disruptive during a school field trip. Baier is accused of taking the child’s chair away and forcing him to stand, which caused the child to crouch down toward the floor. Baier is alleged to have pulled the boy’s hair to force him to stand, and then grabbed his hair again, throwing him to the ground and pinning him there for several seconds.

The incident was recorded on video, according to authorities. The child complained that his head was sore, and the video was reviewed by officials involved in the incident.

“This is an alternative school, specially designed for students with autism and special needs students who need alternative education. If you can’t trust an institution like this, who can you trust?” said Adam Balkan, a Boca Raton and Broward County attorney who is experienced in handling cases involving autism and special needs abuse of child, specifically in schools.

Any parents with concerns that their child has experienced similar treatment in school are asked to contact the Davie Police department. For any legal questions regarding abuse in schools, autism abuse or abuse of a special needs student, we encourage you to ask the experienced law firm of Balkan & Patterson. Our attorneys have handled a number of cases involving autism and special needs student abuse, and we are here to help. For additional information, please contact us or call us at 561-750-9191.


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