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Wed Feb 22, 2017, 06:47 PM

A girl named Ehlena and a dog named Wonder win at U.S. Supreme Court

LBN thread: Justices send dispute over service dog back to lower court

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Source: Reuters

U.S. | Wed Feb 22, 2017 | 1:59pm EST

A girl named Ehlena and a dog named Wonder win at U.S. Supreme Court

By Andrew Chung

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easier for students like her to seek redress for discrimination in federal court.

The justices ruled 8-0 that Ehlena Fry, 13, and her parents may not be obligated to go through time-consuming administrative appeals with the local school board before suing for damages for the emotional distress she said she suffered by being denied the assistance of her dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder.

Ehlena was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that severely limited her mobility. Wonder was trained to help her balance, retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, turn on lights, take off her coat and other tasks.

"I saw with my own eyes how Wonder helped my daughter grow more self-reliant and confident," Stacy Fry, Ehlena's mother, said in a statement. "We are thankful that the Supreme Court has clarified that schools cannot treat children with disabilities differently or stand in the way of their desired independence."

The justices sent the case back to a lower appeals court to determine whether Ehlena's complaint involves the impermissible denial of a proper special education.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-dog-idUSKBN1611Y6

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Wed Feb 22, 2017, 06:53 PM

1. idiot school

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Wed Feb 22, 2017, 07:16 PM

2. What possible reason would anyone have to oppose this?

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Thu Feb 23, 2017, 03:55 PM

3. Thomas didn't think the school should be able to decide for itself? Surprising.

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