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Parent accuses Avonworth district of violating disability laws

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Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 6:36 p.m.

Avonworth School District is violating federal disability laws by refusing to have school buses stop in a safe place accessible from his house, an Ohio Township man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

Scott Leffler claims that district officials insist his children, ages 7 and 8, get on the bus at a dangerous intersection that no other child uses even though the bus then passes directly in front of his house. Lingering effects from a 2009 surgery make it difficult for him to escort them to and from the stop, which is downhill from his house, the lawsuit says.

When he started taking them to a bus stop that was unused but in a safer location, the district removed it, the lawsuit says.

The district's solicitor and superintendent couldn't be reached. The lawsuit names the district and First Student Bus Co. as defendants.

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