Nearly a year ago, an 18-year-old with special needs died of hyperventilation. Now the teen's parents are suing a litany of Fulton County School officials and teachers, claiming their son was repeatedly abused at school.
Aaron Hatcher attended Roswell High School and suffered from muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy, among other disabilities. He couldn't speak and often couldn't hold his head up.
His father tells 11Alive's Matt Pearl Aaron was abused in class by two special education teachers; he says school officials were aware and did nothing about it.
According to Aaron's father, Ronald Hatcher, one of Aaron's teachers repeatedly put an unauthorized brace around his neck to keep his head up. Hatcher claims his son came home with bruises and scratches because of the brace and sometimes even had to be sent to the hospital.
The parents are not suing the district for wrongful death, but they are saying Aaron was abused and have filed for $10.5 million in damages.
"It's like they destroyed my whole life," Hatcher said. "They took away something from my whole family, and I want justice."
A spokesperson for the Fulton County school district says they don't comment on pending litigation; also, since this lawsuit was just filed yesterday, the district's legal team hasn't even gotten it yet. But there are 20 names listed as defendants on the claim, including teachers at two different schools where Hatcher says his son was abused.