SUMMARY & KEY DOCUMENTS
Research shows that traumatic experiences can physically alter the developing brains and bodies of children, which can affect behavior for decades and lead to symptoms similar to those of veterans returning home from war with PTSD. This case, filed in Los Angeles by Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP on behalf of a class of students and three teachers, demands that Compton Unified School District incorporate proven practices that address trauma—in the same way public schools have adapted and evolved in past decades to help students who experience physical or other barriers to learning.
Rather than taking reasonable steps to address the needs of students affected by trauma, the suit claims that the Compton Unified School District frequently punished and excluded these children in ways that have made it nearly impossible for them to succeed in school. The lawsuit seeks a remedy centered on the adoption of proven models being adopted by districts across the country, from the entire state of Massachusetts to the San Francisco Unified School District, which recognize the impact of traumatic experiences and help both students and educators become more resilient in the face of adversity and trauma.