Parents of child with special needs sue TVUSD for alleged physical abuse

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Hudson Peterson is a special education student with Down syndrome in Temecula. His parents say their son Hudson was developing healthily before alleged abuse at the hands of a teacher’s aide at Tony Tobin Elementary School in Temecula caused a noticeable regression. Photo courtesy of Shannon Peterson
The parents of a child at a Temecula-area elementary school are suing the school district over what they said amounts to child abuse on the part of a teacher’s aide. Shannon and Scott Peterson’s son, Hudson, who was 7 years old when he attended Tony Tobin Elementary School in Temecula last year, has Down syndrome, but he was progressing healthily and had some verbal communication skills before the alleged abuse. Shannon Peterson said her son started coming home from school with bruises and other unexplained injuries. “He came home with bloody scabs on his arms,” she said. Hudson started to regress in his abilities after beginning the 2016-2017 school year, Shannon Peterson said. He became nonverbal, losing the ability to use the bathroom on his own and losing the abilit
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