A special needs student is suing the Glendale Unified School District, alleging his teacher poured hot sauce in his mouth as punishment for blowing bubbles in class.

The plaintiff in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Tuesday is identified only as N.M. He is suing the GUSD as well as Annie Ghazarian, who is described in the suit as a teacher and behavioral intervention assistant.

The suit’s allegations include negligence, assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, discrimination based on disability and civil rights violations.

The boy is a minor, so a guardian will be appointed on his behalf as the lawsuit moves forward, the suit states.

A GUSD representative could not be immediately reached for comment.

The suit states that N.M.’s disability “substantially (limits) many of his major life activities” and that he meets the standards of a person with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The boy attended Earl Bird Preschool and the alleged abuse occurred there on Feb. 2, 2017, the suit states.

“Ghazarian forcibly poured hot sauce in N.M.’s mouth as punishment after she saw him blowing bubbles with his mouth,” the suit states.

The boy suffered pain, mental suffering, humiliation, emotional distress and an “interference with his ability to participate in education,” the suit states.

The suit seeks unspecified triple damages.

–City News Service

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