In 2004, Jonathan was abused in a private school for children with autism in
He was repeatedly physically restrained by staff and suffered extensive bruising; bruising which went unreported by school staff, as required by law. Because he was mostly non-verbal, he could not tell his parents what happened…
Jonathan’s meals were also withheld for “behavior modification” for several weeks. When his parents questioned their son’s visible weight loss, the school told them their visitation was suspended for 4 weeks to allow for “intensive programming.” Jonathan’s parents immediately removed him from the school and reported allegations of abuse to the appropriate authorities.
Following the investigation, all records were immediately sealed and withheld from Jonathan’s parents.
His parents next placed Jonathan in a facility closer to his family’s home – but Jonathan was abused again and again, until finally, he died.