Deaf student sues school district

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - The family of a deaf senior at St. Charles West High School is suing the school district for more than half a million dollars in damages.

They claim 17-year-old Rachel McMurtrey was discriminated against. They also say her ear implants reacted to old wiring in the buildings, causing her to experience repeated electrical shocks at times during middle school.

Rachel's family wanted her to transfer to another school district with more resources to accommodate hearing impaired students. The school district denied the request. The superintendent, Jeff Marion, says school officials believe they can meet Rachel's educational needs. Marion says he saddened by the fact that Rachel and her family are unsatisfied with the school district.

" I do think we've tried hard. I know we've gone to some pretty extraordinary measures in our opinion to try and meet the needs of this student but districts and parents don't always disagree," he said.

However, Rachel told News Channel 5 that she believes school would have been easier for her if she were allowed to transfer to another school district years ago.

The family is still waiting on a date for the case to be heard in federal court.


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