Robert E Peary School: Mom of 13-year-old autistic boy accuses Queens public school staffer of breaking student's arm
The boy's mother, Joan Aslarona, said her son suffers from autism with ADHD and is high-functioning
QUEENS, NEW YORK: A mother of a 13-year-old boy, whose arm was reportedly broken by a school staffer, has accused the school saying that the incident happened in a room, known as the “crisis room” with no cameras. The room reportedly is used for children to calm them down when they are upset. Robert E Peary school in Ridgewood, Queens, on the other hand, has slashed the reports saying the boy sustained injuries during a fall in the school hallway.
The boy's mother, Joan Aslarona spoke about the incident to The Daily Mail, saying her son suffers from autism with ADHD and is high-functioning. The boy according to the publication was later transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan to be treated by a pediatric orthopedist. The X-ray obtained by the publication revealed that bones in the boy's left arm were badly displaced and two of the bones were sheared. “I am devastated. This is my son's second home and is his safe place” said the mother adding, “I am shocked this happened by an adult.'
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‘My son is not a liar’
Aslarona, who is filing a civil rights claim in Queens Superior Court against the individual, said that the school changed the story again when they got to know about her son's severe injury, saying that “he fell after being hit by a pole in the school's hallway.” Aslarona shared that the incident took place Robert E. Peary school in Ridgewood, Queens April 7, 2022. She said that her son may have gotten upset after the time for playing with some type of electronic device was up.
She added that her son was then taken to the school's crisis room by a paraprofessional. The mother believes that’s where her son got injured. “I don't know why there aren't any cameras in that room and there are no cameras in the school hallway where the school said my son fell,' said Joan Aslarona. She added, “Many students are not able to communicate but my son is more verbal. He told us the story of what happened and his story hasn't changed. My son is not a liar. It is going to be my son's words against the adults.”
‘The doctor said his arm was badly displaced’
Sharing her plight to The Daily Mail, Joan Aslarona further told The Daily Mail, “The doctor said his arm was badly displaced and sheared in two places and his injury wasn't from a fall in the hallway. The doctor was very upset and told me she was calling the authorities.”
The mother of the 13-year-old added, “My son is very charismatic, fun-loving, high energy, and smiles all the time. Since the accident, he isn't the same boy.” She revealed that the paraprofessional that allegedly injured her son was still working at the school. The family's Attorney Andrew Carboy told the publication, “In our investigation, we have learned that it is difficult to obtain any information from the Department of Education. As you see, the DOE will not even share basic details, such as the name of the staff member, with the family. The school would not even meet with the family” adding, “Ms. Aslarona decision to file this application was forced by this stonewalling.'
Aslarona further shared that her son has been a student at the school since first grade and had never had any issues before with any of the teachers or the paraprofessionals. In the court filing, the mother stated, “At no time since the incident has the staff of Public School 75Q offered to meet with me. Other than advising, initially and by phone, that A.H. 'fell' and injured himself, the staff of Public School 75Q have provided zero information about the incident.”
She added, “Worse, to date, personnel of respondents have refused to identify the complete name of the paraprofessional, notwithstanding my requests to both the principal’s office and the child’s regular teacher.” Aslarona was left saddened and furious when she got to know the staff member was still working at the school.