Lexington (Mass.) Schools Deny Locking Child in Alleged Closet

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A father’s account, published over the weekend, of how his daughter was repeatedly locked in a “closet” as a Lexington kindergartner in 2006 prompted a rebuttal Monday from the town’s school superintendent, leaving conflicting accounts of exactly what happened to her six years ago.

Bill Lichtenstein, 55, of Newton, said Monday that his daughter Rose, who is now 12, continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the treatment she received while enrolled at the Fiske Elementary School. His account first appeared Sunday in an op-ed article in The New York Times.

“The biggest challenge for Rose, and for me as her father, is that it’s hard to tell Rose that the world is not a place where big people can put their hands on little people and hurt them and drag them off,” Lichtenstein said Monday in a phone interview. “Because that’s not her experience.”

But on Monday night, Superintendent Paul B. Ash defended the Fiske employees who were working with Rose, a child with speech and cognitive disabilities. He said none of the staff members did anything that warranted a sanction.

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