A US-based Kenyan woman who recorded herself being arrested by police in Acton, Massachusetts as she tried to get to her son from school is suing the school district for false incarceration.
Liz Gathoni, a mother of three, says she was arrested on January 9, 2020 after pleading with a police officer to let her see her son who she claims was being taken to the hospital by force.
She was arrested for ‘disturbing peace’ after she insisted on seeing and talking o her eight-year-old son.
Gathoni is now appealing for funds from well-wishers to enable her to sue the school after her son was allegedly bullied at the school.
Below is Gathoni’s story:
“Who am I? (Liz Gathoni), a black single mother of 3 sweet boys age 17,11 & 8. attending public schools in Acton, Massachusetts. I moved to Acton so my children could achieve a good education in a quiet and safe environment.
I was falsely arrested and incarcerated after being called to my 8-year-old child’s elementary school on January 9, 2020. Although called to meet my son, they wouldn’t let me see him. My son was forcibly sent to a nearby hospital emergency room, where he stayed for 29 hours, separated from me and the rest of his family.
The back story is the school had failed over the course of several months to stop the bullying of my child, and then made a series of further damage to my son. I am raising money to pay legal fees and costs for legal representation as soon as possible.
There are numerous issues that need to be handled, and am facing the continuing challenge of facing off against an affluent town, and it’s regional school district, each with its own separate law firms, and all the resources of each of those municipal governments at their command, we need your support! Please contribute if you can! Whatever you can contribute will help My family, and we will greatly appreciate it.
We are securing rights for our children to be educated in a safe environment free of emotional and physical harm. And to protect our family from further harm and to gain a measure of justice to help the healing process.
We also hope to deter similar rights violations in our school system as we join with other parents and citizens to improve our school and community.
Although my two elementary school children have currently made a safe transfer to another school in the same district, the school district and town have taken preemptive measures time to avoid accountability, and they are potentially going to harm us more as they aggressively seek to defend their misconduct. "
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