School Seeks to Bar Mentally Ill Student From Campus

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — Simley High School obtained a temporary restraining order against a student with a history of mental health issues. The student was described by District 199’s attorney as “dangerous and potentially violent” in court documents.

A Dakota County court hearing Tuesday was intended to consider the school’s request to have the student permanently banned from the campus until he is evaluated by special education staff, the Inver Grove Heights Patch reports. No ruling on the request was issued during the hearing.

The school took action after the student’s mother refused to place him in a day-treatment program, even though the district offered to pay for it.

The student was hospitalized on at least two occasions during the 2010-2011 school year due to mental-health issues:

  • In mid-September, the student was admitted to Abbott Hospital because of “voices he was hearing directing him to harm himself or others.”
  • District officials met with the student’s mother to discuss having the student enter day treatment. The mother said she was not interested.
  • District officials proposed a “special education evaluation” of the student to determine whether he met eligibility criteria for such services as day treatment, but the mother did not consent.
  • On Sept. 28 at a discharge meeting at the hospital, the student admitting to brining a knife to school because he was “sick of the kids.”
  • The district offered to pay for the student to enter a day-treatment program during the period of a special education evaluation. The district also offered to provide additional home-based educational services. The mother refused.
  • Shortly before the restraining order was issued, the boy’s mother told a district official that her son “would not be going to day treatment,” and also stated that her son would not be returning to Simley. She later recanted her statement about her son not returning to the school.

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