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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana
EVANSVILLE – The Justice Department today announced a settlement agreement with the North Gibson School Corporation in Princeton, Indiana to address and prevent the discriminatory secluding and restraining of students with disabilities.
The agreement follows an investigation conducted under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into a complaint that the school district inappropriately secluded and restrained students with emotional and behavioral disabilities in the district’s self-contained classrooms. The department’s investigation confirmed that students as young as five years old were secluded and restrained improperly and repeatedly, resulting in days, and sometimes weeks, of lost instructional time. The department also investigated allegations that the school district regularly and inappropriately sent these students home early from school, placed them on abbreviated school days, and assigned them to homebound instruction.
“Students with disabilities, like all students, belong in classrooms where they can learn – not locked away or otherwise segregated from their peers. When school districts improperly seclude or restrain students with disabilities, they inflict grievous harm on some of America’s most vulnerable children,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “Students with emotional and behavioral disabilities need additional supports in the classroom, not practices that keep them out or subject them to isolation and trauma. We look forward to working with the North Gibson School Corporation as it implements this settlement agreement to provide students with disabilities equal access to education — a right guaranteed them by the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
“We are better as a community when our schools serve all of our students” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Childress for the Southern District of Indiana. “Our schools should be places where all children have the best chance to learn and grow and this agreement is a significant step toward achieving that goal.”
The school district cooperated fully throughout the investigation, voluntarily suspended its use of seclusion rooms before the investigation was completed and agreed to take the steps outlined in today’s settlement agreement.
Under the settlement agreement, the school district will take proactive steps to ensure that its practices do not discriminate against students with disabilities. The district will, among other things: change its policies to prohibit use of seclusion rooms; report all instances of restraint and review whether they were justified; take steps to avoid placing students with emotional and behavioral disabilities on an abbreviated school day or homebound instruction and document those steps; create and implement a procedure for handling complaints of disability discrimination; provide appropriate training and resources to help schools implement the agreement; and appoint an Intervention Coordinator to ensure the district’s compliance with the agreement and Title II of the ADA.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Enforcement of Title II of the ADA in schools is a priority of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. Additional information about the Civil Rights Division is available on its website at www.justice.gov/crt, and additional information about the work of the Educational Opportunities Section is available at https://www.justice.gov/crt/educational-opportunities-section. Members of the public may report possible civil rights violations at https://civilrights.justice.gov/report/.
Sullivan Co. Sheriff's Office
SULLIVAN - On Nov 28, 2020, at approximately 10:51am, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Detective Ron Elliott was dispatched to an attempted armed robbery at the Country Porch gas station, on north Section Street.
The manager stated a white female loitered around the store before approaching the cash register, where she pulled a handgun.
The manager refused to hand over anything, and ran to an adjoining business to call 911.
The armed female fled the store, then headed west on foot.
The manager describe the handgun as dark in color, and added the female was wearing a black jacket, a grey hood and black mask.
A witness gave a more detailed description, reporting that the female appeared to have dark hair. He said the female was wearing black tennis shoes, dark grey colored leggings, and a light grey hoody under a black jacket.
He also observed a black mask, gloves and a dark colored bag.
Deputies searched the area, however were unable to locate the suspect.
Detective Elliott was able to ascertain store security footage.
Any person with information is encouraged to contact Detective Elliott at 812-268-4308.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry