Feb 4, 2016 4:22 PM

Parents of disabled son sue Spaulding Youth Center in Northfield over alleged sexual assault


NORTHFIELD - The parents of a 13-year-old boy from Auburn have filed suit against the Spaulding Youth Center, arguing the facility failed to prevent their son from being sexually assaulted by another student.

According to the Concord Monitor, the parents claim that the boy, who has autism and other developmental disabilities, reported several incidents of sexual harassment prior to the assault and that the school “did not take appropriate steps to investigate the reported incidents, protect (the boy), or take appropriate actions to prevent future incidents..."

The school has yet to respond to the allegations. The Auburn School District is also named in the lawsuit on the grounds that its administrators failed to monitor the boy while he was attending Spaulding.

Spaulding serves up to 70 students with disabilities. It receives both state and federal funds in addition to tuition payments from school districts sending students to the school.

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