Attorney Claims School Officials Ignored Child Abuse

A Long Island school district is being accused of disregarding complaints that a special education teacher and others abused middle-school-aged children in their care.

Attorney Gerard Misk, who represents the parents of five of the children, has filed legal papers seeking to sue the Long Beach School District for $25 million in damages.

Misk says the abuse included encouraging a male student to masturbate in front of other classmates. He also claims children were restrained with zip ties and duct tape and were physically and verbally abused.

He says the children are non-verbal with autism and Down Syndrome. The teacher was accused by former classroom aides.

The school district says it complies with all requirements on abuse complaints.

The teacher's attorney vehemently denied the allegations.

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