A federal judge rules in favor of parents of autistic boy, ruling they have the right to bring a lawsuit
A federal court has ruled in favor for parents of a 15-year-old autistic boy who sued a private school for not allowing him to use a race car seat in the car, the Associated Press reported Friday.
The case stemmed from a 2015 incident in which a student was allegedly struck by a racecar while sitting in the seat.
The lawsuit claimed the school discriminated against the boy because he had a physical disability and a disability related to autism, and was trying to hide the fact that the car had a seating system that did not meet state standards.
The judge agreed that the school violated the boy’s rights and that the race car was not designed for him, the AP reported.
The decision comes in response to a case filed by a couple who filed a lawsuit in August 2015 against the school in Texas.
They argued the school did not offer a race-car seat because of the boy being autistic.
The Texas attorney general’s office agreed that there were no state regulations prohibiting a student from being seated in a seat that is not compliant with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “standards of care.”
The ruling Friday came just a few weeks after the Texas state attorney general announced the creation of a task force to investigate race-based discrimination at schools across the country.
The U.K. is one of many countries that has adopted race-conscious policies, including banning seat belts in all cars and prohibiting seats that are too wide or too low.