A report in May by the federal Government Accountability Office found hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and death over the last two decades related to the use of seclusion and restraint of school children. No federal laws restrict the use of these methods in schools but U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), as chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, has called for one.
Jonathan's parents argue their son's treatment at the school was unconstitutional and the school failed to protect him from self-harm.
Hall County Chief Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller in January disagreed and dismissed their lawsuit against Alpine and the Pioneer Regional Education Service Agency, under which the program operates.
The Kings also sued Georgia's Department of Education, but Fuller last year ruled the department was not mandated to create seclusion-room regulation.