Bolingbrook student with cerebral palsy made to mop up blood, parents say

February 28, 2013 2:59:49 PM PST
A suburban student with cerebral palsy claims she was abused by a teacher at her Bolingbrook school.

Because of her cerebral palsy, Jada O'Neal has to use a wheelchair. ABC 7's Sarah Schulte spoke to the parents of the Bolingbrook High School student about what happened.

She was born at 24 weeks and weighed only 1 pound. Now 15 years old, Jada O'Neal has lived with cerebral palsy her whole life. She loved going to school until a couple weeks ago, when Jada came home from Bolingbrook High School upset.

"She said she had a headache at school. From there she proceeded to tell us the story," said Gregory O'Neal, Jada's father.

Jada told her parents that a special education teacher at Bolingbrook High School allegedly made her mop up blood from the girls' bathroom floor.

Jada says it was not her blood, but she was instructed to clean it anyway.

"Had her mop it up it up with no gloves, no protection in her wheelchair, with a mop," said Lisa O'Neal, Jada's mother.

"She did what she was told, and she was put in harm's way," said Gregory O'Neal.

The O'Neals say Jada's mental capacity is that of a 3rd or 4th grader.

After the blood incident, Jada told her parents the same teacher threatened her.

The O'Neals say they never had a problem with their daughter's Bolingbrook High School special ed program until that day. Lisa O'Neal immediately contacted the school.

School officials say they are well aware of the situation although they can't publicly on specific matters involving personnel and students.