Hawthorne child center settles diabetic bias claim

A Southern California child development center has settled a federal complaint that it discriminated against a 5-year-old boy with diabetes.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that the Rainbow River Child Development Center of Hawthorne has joined in a settlement of a complaint filed by the parents of Brody Ralls in 2008. The boy has an insulin pump.

The complaint claimed the center refused to provide proper diabetes care management to the boy, required the parents to supervise his insulin use during school meal and snack times and barred him from field trips.

The school denied any wrongdoing but agreed not to discriminate against diabetic children and to administer insulin and otherwise manage a child's diabetes if parents grant special permission.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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