Family: Mamaroneck schools failed our child

A Mamaroneck family is suing its school district for failing to meet its child's needs, saying the district tried to derail him from getting a proper education.

"Teachers at my old school, they thought I was lazy and I was dumb, and I couldn't do things. That bothered me," says Ian Hynes about his experiences at Hommocks Middle School.

Hynes' parents were told by an independent testing center that their son, who is severely dyslexic and has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), was among the 5 percent of students who needed more than the traditional public high school and got him enrolled at the Gow School outside of Buffalo.

The family's lawsuit states that if Hynes had remained in Mamaroneck he would not have progressed the way he has at his new school, where he is almost reading at grade level.

The family is seeking tuition reimbursement and access to Hynes' school records.

The Mamaroneck School District would not comment on the allegations because of the pending lawsuit.

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