Kennedi Castle plans at the LaPorte County Public Library in 2017. A lawsuit alleging the then-7-year-old was improperly restrained in a custom-made chair in Kingsford Elementary School was settled before reaching trial sthis week.
Kennedi Castle plans at the LaPorte County Public Library in 2017. A lawsuit alleging the then-7-year-old was improperly restrained in a custom-made chair in Kingsford Elementary School was settled before reaching trial sthis week.
A LaPorte couple who accused teachers at the LaPorte Community school district of restraining their daughter, who has autism, with a wooden structure in 2017 reached a settlement with the district earlier this week. 

In their lawsuit, Heather and Charles Castle said the staff members at Kingsford Heights Elementary School placed wooden partitions, covered with a felt-like material, around their daughter Kennedi's desk to prevent her from getting up during class. 

The case was scheduled to go to trial Monday after four years of litigation, however, the two sides agreed to a settlement and asked for the case to be dismissed with the pool of jurors already present in the courthouse. 

“We’re very happy with the settlement,” said Heather Castle. “Of course, the settlement is for Kennedi. It’s something no family or child should have to go through; it shouldn’t be like this.” 

Corbin Fowler, an attorney representing the Castles, declined to provide the Tribune with the terms of the settlement, saying the agreement prevented him from disclosing the information. 

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