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Chicago Teachers Deny Water and Bathroom Breaks as Punishment; Students Sue

CHICAGO, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A class action lawsuit wasfiled today against a Chicago Public School and its officials who deniedstudents access to water and bathroom use. On July 12, 2007 seventh gradersSeneca Ammons and Keefe Ammons were suspended for one day after using thewashroom.

Teacher, Regina Shields, maintains a policy whereby her students arepermitted to use the bathroom once/day. They are not allowed any drink breaksat all (except during lunch). On the date in question, Seneca and Keefe werecompelled to use the washroom and upon doing so, were punished (suspension).

The incident occurred at Cuffe Math and Science Academy at 8324 S. Racine.

The lawsuit, which is being filed in federal court, aims to stop schoolofficials from enforcing a rule whereby students are permitted to use thebathroom only once per day and have a drink only during their lunch break.The denial of washroom and water breaks at Cuffe are humiliating and denystudents basic rights -- rights that are not taken away from prisoners, jailedfor serious crimes.

"Children need water throughout the day. They also need to use thewashroom. To deprive them of that is irresponsible, and quite frankly,ridiculous," says Attorney Blake Horwitz.

The Law Offices of Blake Horwitz, which dedicates its practice to civilrights around the country, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs. Mr.Horwitz has had many successes in the field of civil rights, including a$28,000,000 verdict against the City of Chicago.

SOURCE The Law Offices of Blake Horwitz

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