Schoolgirl with autism ‘restrained by teachers and left bruised’ as mum vows to sue council after charges dropped
An angry mum plans to sue a council claiming her daughter’s face was left bruised and swollen after she was restrained by school teachers.
Claire Nossiter says her daughter Lyndsay was “routinely restrained” in her years at Bothwellpark High in Motherwell, Scotland, which caters for pupils with additional support needs.
Lyndsay, who has Prader Willi Syndrome and autism, “kicked off” one day and had so many bruises afterwards she looked like she had been in a car crash, her mum claims.
Claire waited four years for the conclusion of council and police inquiries into the injuries to her daughter, now 20.
She was disappointed to learn that two teachers charged over the incident would not be prosecuted, and plans to take legal action against the council, the Daily Record reports.
Lyndsay attended Bothwellpark High in Motherwell (Image: Google)
Claire said Lyndsay was brought home from school with a face so badly bruised and swollen in March 2014 that a consultant feared her jaw was broken.
The mum said: “I’d had a call from school saying Lyndsay had ‘kicked off’ and been restrained and had a small bruise on her cheek. I couldn’t believe the state of her.
“There were bruises all over her body. She looked like she’d been in a car crash not at school.”
North Lanarkshire Council found staff acted appropriately.
Claire complained that the initial policy inquiry was lacking in thoroughness, and a second investigation was ordered.
This led to two teachers being charged with culpable and reckless conduct.
In January, Claire was told the case would not come to trial due to a lack of admissible evidence.
Claire’s solicitor, Alison Martin, said: “How can it be that a child returns home from school with such terrible injuries that when she is taken to hospital, the authorities are alerted immediately and yet no one is found to be responsible?”
A spokesman for the council said: “Approved restraint techniques are sometimes required in the best interests of the pupil, other pupils and staff.”
A Crown Office spokesman said: “After full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, including the admissible evidence available, Crown counsel instructed there should be no proceedings.
“Should the evidential position change, the Crown reserves the right to raise proceedings.”