Autistic girl left 'bruised' and swollen in high school restraint

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A mom was left horrified when her autistic daughter “looked like she’d been in a car crash” after being restrained by “four male members of school staff” — and now the family want justice.

Claire Nossiter has vowed to sue her local council after her daughter, Lyndsay, now 20, suffered multiple bruises and a swollen jaw while in care of Bothwellpark High School, Scotland.

Police investigated the matter four years ago, but Nossiter has decided to take things into her own hands after learning the teachers responsible would not face charges.

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Nossiter says Lyndsay, who suffers from Prader Willi Syndrome and autism, was “routinely” restrained during her time at the school.

In a Facebook post, she wrote: “If I had done this to Lyndsay she would have been removed from my care but because it’s North Lanarkshire Council staff it’s okay. On her medical notes the doctor wrote too many bruises to count. Our justice system should protect the most vulnerable.”

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Nossiter has also started a campaign to ban what she calls the “disproportionate restraint of disabled children.”

The petition, which has more than 6,000 signatures, states: “The restraint technique used was degrading and humiliating for my daughter,” and that “there were bruises all over her body. She looked like she’d been in a car crash not at school.”

Scottish authorities have previously insisted physical intervention should only be used as a “last resort, when in the best interests of the child” and not as a punishment.

In a press-conference, North Lanarkshire Council told the Daily Record: “Approved restraint techniques are sometimes required in the best interests of the pupil, other pupils and staff.”

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