Concussion treatment brings New Brighton school district lawsuit

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The mother of a New Brighton Area Middle School student sued the school district in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh today, saying it repeatedly failed to accommodate her son's concussion symptoms.

The woman, identified in the lawsuit as D.K., claimed the district did not provide her son most of the accommodations recommended by a doctor at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, including a lighter workload, a quiet place for test taking and permission to rest during class or in the nurse’s office if his headache worsened.

Her son, identified in the lawsuit as J.K., suffered a concussion in gym class Jan. 16, 2013, and suffered another injury in August.

After not having his needs met on campus, the student chose homebound instruction -- but the school district provided only two hours of instruction per week instead of the required five, according to the lawsuit.

Superintendent Joseph A. Guarino was not immediately available for comment.

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