The parents of a 16-year-old student with Asperger's Syndrome killed by a school police officer at a Myrtle Beach high school nearly two years ago say they didn't sue the officer and Horry County schools out of vengeance.
Instead, Tom and Karen Varinecz want to make sure the school system treats children with disabilities better and law enforcement officers in schools are better trained to deal with special-needs students, said lawyer Ed Bell, who is representing the family in the lawsuit filed Friday.
The parents are angry the school system drastically cut back the number of hours an adult shadowed their son in school without telling them. They also think the officer could have diffused the struggle he had with Trevor Varinecz if he had been better trained in how to deal with children with autism, Asperger's or other disabilities.
The lawsuit seeks actual and punitive damages but doesn't specify an amount.
"The parents are much more concerned about making sure what happened never happens again," Bell said. "They are concerned with how these children are being treated."