The girl’s parents eventually pulled her out of PS 6, enrolling her in the private Summit School in Queens for children with learning disabilities. The parents sued for reimbursement of the $28,000 per year tuition, and even though the NYC DOE itself would be reimbursed by the state, it refused to pay.
During the seven-year court battle, Klestadt said he paid about $280,000 in legal fees, which he will now ask the courts to make the city pay. The family eventually moved to Long Island, where the school district agreed to pay for the girl’s tuition at Summit. Now a senior at age 17, she has “flourished.”
“Students have the right to expect they can attend school free from physical or psychological abuse,” said Gary Mayerson, the parents’ lawyer. “And parents can expect that if they raise or communicate concerns about bullying, that those concerns will be acted upon in a timely manner and addressed.”