De Blasio sues city for students’ emergency-room records

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Bill de Blasio is asking for the records of students as part of an investigation that they are being sent to emergency rooms for behavioral issues. Credit: Metro archive

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he will sue the city after he said students were sent to the emergency room when they showed behavioral problems.

De Blasio planned to file a lawsuit Tuesday for data surrounding such incidents.

His concern, he said, is that with inadequate mental health services in schools, more educators are simply dialing 911 when students have outbursts.

This means more kids at the hospital instead of at school — and possibly more traumatized children, he said.

The State Supreme Court lawsuit demands documents from 2005 to 2010, including age, ethnicity and behavioral problems of each child. He also wants to know how much parents had to pay for each incident.

“This is wasteful, hurtful and wrong,” De Blasio said. “As a parent, I’d be furious if one of my kids was sent to an E.R. because the school didn’t know how to handle them. This is a disturbing reality for thousands of kids and parents.”

About one-third of schools have mental health services for students struggling with behavioral issues, according to De Blasio.


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