Family alleges MCPS teacher used stun gun on autistic student

In lawsuit, family alleges special education teacher used device to shock their autistic son

District accused of assault, negligence

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A Silver Spring family is asking for more than $500,000 in damages after they say a special education teacher at John F. Kennedy High School used a device to shock their autistic son last year.

In a lawsuit filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court, Joann Kole alleges that special education teacher Jonathan Vissering used a Taser or stun gun in confronting her son on Oct. 23, 2019.

The lawsuit says the boy sustained injuries to his “legs, arms and mind.” The Montgomery County Board of Education and Vissering are accused in the lawsuit of assault, battery, negligence and negligent entrustment.

The lawsuit, which was filed in late October, does not go into more detail about the alleged incident. An attorney listed as representing the family could not be reached for comment on Friday.

An MCPS spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

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