Ventura County Parents file lawsuit against CVUSD, alleging violations of Unruh Civil Rights Act

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On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Attorney’s representing the Parents of a 4th Grade Student enrolled at EARTHS Magnet Elementry School, located in Newbury Park, California filed a Complaint for Damages and Injunctive Relief on behalf of the minor.  The Complaint, that was filed in California Superior Court in and for Ventura County, summarizes allegations pertaining to all causes of action including: Violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act; Negligent Training and Supervision; and Violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1983.  The full complaint as a public record is available for review below.

The lawsuit names Conejo Valley Unified School District; and Jeff Rickert, as an individual; and Lisa LaMontagne, as an individual. Mr. Rickert is the School Principal at EARTHS Magnet and Ms. LaMontagne is a veteran 4th Grade teacher at the School.  Both individuals have been employed with CVUSD for several years.  

E.A.R.T.H.S is an acronym that stands for Environmental Academy of Research Technology & eartH Sciences.  EARTHS is a Magnet School for K-5 students.

The parents bringing the lawsuit are Mark Abbott and Christina Abbott,  Their family has lived in the Thousand Oaks community for over 10 years and they have established the area as their home.   As an incoming 4th grader, they transferred their child from Medronã Elementry School, in order to take advantage of the appealing Science based curriculum that EARTHS offers and also to facilitate better convenient morning drop offs.  

Below is a copy of the Complaint that is public record. 

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