Feds join suit alleging school kicked out boy with autism

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice is supporting an Ohio mother’s lawsuit, which says a private Montessori school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by kicking out her autistic son.

Rebekah McClelland says Ruffing Montessori School administrators in Rocky River informed her last year that her son, Manny DeJesus, couldn’t return.

Cleveland.com reports court filings allege the Cleveland Heights woman was told the class size was too large to accommodate her son’s needs.

McClelland sued in September. The justice department joined the case in early March. The school faces a civil penalty and monetary damages if it’s found liable.

Federal attorneys filed a motion last month saying the department has an interest in enforcing the law to end disability discrimination in schools.

The school says it followed the law.

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