Parent sues APS for alleged humiliation of special needs student


An Albuquerque mom is suing Albuquerque Public Schools, claiming a teacher at an elementary school humiliated her son by writing something about him on the chalkboard for everyone to see.  

The mom says after her son wet his pants during school, a teacher wrote the boy’s name and what he did on the board for everyone to see. 

The lawsuit filed in Bernalillo County District Court in November alleges personal injury and civil rights violations against Petroglyph Elementary and APS. 

Many school parents who spoke to KRQE News 13 were just hearing of the lawsuit for the first time Wednesday afternoon. 

“I’m a little surprised that this has happened,” said Amy Dreier, a parent of a student at Petroglyph Elementary. 

“It’s not right,” said another woman in front of the school Wednesday. 

“I hope everybody is professional,” said parent Ismael Higareda. 

The lawsuit asks for up to $25,000 in damages from APS for alleged incidents that are said to have occurred between 2015 and 2016 at the elementary school. 

The lawsuit accuses a special education teacher at the school of, “negligent acts toward a male special needs student.” 

In a 2015 incident described in the lawsuit, when the boy accidentally urinated in his pants at school, the teacher is accused of writing on the chalkboard, “(student’s name) peed on the playground at 12:45 on 10/19.” 

According to the lawsuit, other teachers and kids saw the post on the chalkboard. The lawsuit also alleges in another situation, that the school didn’t protect the special needs boy from being repeatedly kicked by another student across multiple days. 

The mother also claims that she has incurred medical and psychological bills for her child as a result of what happened at the school. 

“It absolutely concerns me,” said Dreier. 

While she called it concerning, Dreier says the allegations don’t change her positive feelings toward the school. 

“Having been a parent of kids at this school for about six-seven years, it’s an amazing school with a lot of great teachers,” said Dreier. 

APS would not confirm with KRQE News 13 on Wednesday if the teacher mentioned in the lawsuit still works at Petroglyph Elementary or was ever disciplined for any incidents. The district also wouldn’t comment any further on the lawsuit.  

The case is still awaiting the first hearing in front of a judge. 

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