Parents file lawsuit against Livonia teacher, school district for alleged child abuse

(WXYZ) - A former teacher from Livonia public schools has prompted a lawsuit for her alleged abuse of special needs students.

The suit alleges criminal child abuse, civil rights violations and neglect and is being filed on behalf of three families.  Teacher Sharon Turbiak, her aide and the Livonia School District are named as the plaintiffs.

It is expected to be filed Monday morning in US District Court in Detroit.

Attorney Bill Seikaly says it is one of the worst abuse cases he's had to work with in his 30 years practicing law.

"We're talking about grabbing faces, force feeding kids while they were choking. A really abusive situation that many many adults knew about, reported and the school district didn't act on," said Seikaly. "Unfortunately, most institutions are a lot like people and until they have consequences for their behaviors, they tend not to change," he continued.

Seikaly tells 7 Action News, jurors in this case will be thinking about deliberate indifference. The big question; was the district indifferent when these abuse allegations surfaced?

The case could run anywhere from three to four weeks. Changes to the district policy though could take anywhere from two to three years.

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