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Family Files Lawsuit Over Service Dog In Sherrard School

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 A family that says their daughter's service dog was unwelcomed by the Sherrard school district has filed a lawsuit. The complaint filed in federal court by Brandi McGuire of Coyne Center claims the school has violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act after a series of incidents earlier this year.  

The suit says the McGuire's daughter suffers from epilepsy and was paired with a service dog to alert of a seizure and to help prevent them, by calming the girl. In January, the girl brought the dog to her second grade class. About a week later, the suit says, there was an encounter with a disabled teacher who also has a service dog at the school. The suit claims that a school administrator suggested the girl stay home after the dogs barked at each other, on more than one occasion.

But even without seeing the suit, the school district denies the claims. In a statement, the Sherrard Community School District says, "The district never removed or prohibited the student or her service dog from attending or being present at the school."

The statement also says, "The district staff worked with the McGuire's to accommodate their daughter's needs" and that the McGuire's removed the student from the district on their own.

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