GARDEN CITY - Three Garden City families are suing the village's school district, which they say has failed to provide fair treatment for their children with disabilities.
In a 62-page lawsuit, the families claim the district has denied the students a free and appropriate public education, as well as their equal protection rights. One family claims the district forced their daughter, who has a nervous system disorder, to choose another school for a regular diploma. Another says their son was refused a behavioral specialist.
The families' lawyer says the district's conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"They're entitled to certain rights as disabled students," says attorney Steve Morelli. "They're not being given those rights. They're being treated like second-class citizens."
District officials say they will not comment on pending litigation.