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Chilling reason boy, 13, who died after vomiting & urinating on himself ‘was pinned down by teachers for two hours’

A 13-YEAR-OLD autistic boy died after vomiting and urinating on himself while being restrained by teachers for almost two hours, according to his family.

Max Benson died in November 2018 after being drugged when he allegedly became violent at the now-closed private Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills, California.

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Max Benson, 13, died in 2018 after being pinned down by a teacher at a California private school for nearly two hours, according to officialsCredit: CBS Sacramento
The Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills has since closed

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The Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills has since closedCredit: CBS Sacramento
Guiding Hands school site administrator Cindy Keller, right, Principal Starranne Meyers, center right, and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend, far left, have been charged with manslaughter

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Guiding Hands school site administrator Cindy Keller, right, Principal Starranne Meyers, center right, and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend, far left, have been charged with manslaughterCredit: AP

The teenager allegedly spat on a classmate before he ended up face down, according to a civil lawsuit filed by his family and cited by KCRA.

He was unresponsive when paramedics arrived at the scene, and was pronounced dead at the hospital two days later, according to officials.

Former principal Staranne Meyers, site administrator Cindy Keller and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend were charged this month with involuntary manslaughter.

The fired school was also charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents.

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Wohlwend allegedly restrained Benson for an hour and 45 minutes while employees allegedly assisted in a “takedown maneuver” and held his legs down, according to allegations made in the civil suit filed by Benson’s family.

Benson was eventually found unresponsive during the restraint and that’s when one of the teachers performed life-saving measures, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Allegations of the civil suit filed in 2019 by the Benson Family against the Guiding Hands School and several employees, including Wohlwend, Principal Staranne Meyers, and site administrator Cindy Keller, have alleged that the school was too late to respond.

It was claimed that it took “25 minutes after Max was rendered unconscious” for an ambulance to be called.

Once the ambulance arrived, Benson was found unconscious after vomiting and urinating on himself, according to court documents obtained by WDTN.

The school’s lawyers released statements in the following months saying that de-escalation techniques were necessary in some cases to ensure the safety of the school’s students, faculty and staff.

However, in 2018, the California Department of Education wrote in a preliminary investigation that school personnel “used an amount of force that is not reasonable and necessary under the circumstances.”

The Department of Education withdrew the school’s certification at the beginning of January, causing the school to close on January 25.

After nearly four years, the school would be charged with involuntary manslaughter on July 15, according to the district attorney’s office.

The three accused former teachers pleaded not guilty in this new criminal case.

She also pleaded not guilty in the civil case brought against her in November 2019.

There has been no outcome in the civil case, as it has been discontinued and Wohlwend, Meyers and Keller were released on bail on the condition that they not teach or work at a daycare center as they await trial.

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Those charged in the criminal case will appear in court on Sept. 2 for a probation conference.

“We are relieved that justice is being served with the indictment of those responsible for his death,” said Seth Goldstein, the attorney for the Benson family.

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