Autistic Kids Allegedly Cuffed, Told to Fight

"[DRNC] is operating under a statute that gives them some investigation authority and we're acting under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, which protects student records," said Majestic.

North Carolina Rights Group Wants Access to Class for Children with Autism

DRNC's Rittelmeyer said that in addition to the names of the students, the agency also wants access to the classroom during school hours so that the students and staff can be questioned, but this request was also denied by the school.

But Majestic said that the school will allow DRNC to speak with the teachers and visit the classrooms -- but only after school hours, a stipulation Rittelmeyer says would be "totally useless."

"They never said to us that they didn't think [going into the facility during non-school hours] was insufficient, they just filed their lawsuit," said Majestic.

Rittelmeyer believes that part of the reason the school board will not give the requested information is because DRNC is a fairly new agency -- it was instituted by the federal government 15 months ago under a law that exempts such agencies when it comes to privacy laws.

Majestic said that the schools simply want to be certain that they are in compliance with the law.

The likelihood of embarrassment should the alleged abuse be proved, said Rittelmeyer, is another reason he believes the school board is not cooperating.

"I'm not sure they're hiding something -- I think we probably know most of the events that are going on in that classroom -- but to confirm them would be an embarrassment to the school system," said Rittelmeyer.

As for Johnson, she says she has no doubt that the stories Stone told her about his class at Carroll are true.

"I hope this lawsuit makes this stop," said Johnson. "We are hurting children first of all and a lot of them can't even advocate for themselves or sometimes even speak for themselves."

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