At the start of the 2018 school year, the Watkins family and the Jordan School District were at odds over the best way to manage their 2nd-grader’s diabetes.
The 7-year-old is capable of administering his own insulin, which is a diluted version, mixed specifically for his modified dosage by his parents. The school district insists that he not possess his own syringes, for fear that another student might get poked.
Now, 10 months later, that impasse has landed both parties in court, and Caly Watkins’ son has missed a whole year of school.
Aaron Kinikini, of Utah’s Disability Rights Center, is representing the Watkins family and can’t believe it’s come to this. Kinikini says:
There was absolutely no reason why the school district shouldn’t have let him possess and self-administer his own insulin. He likens the insulin shots to a service dog or an asthma inhaler, other accommodations under federal protection by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The complaint is filed in the United States District Court, Utah Central Division, and includes a demand for punitive damages against the school district.
Jordan School District declined to comment for this story, citing the current litigation.