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Papillion-La Vista School District files motion to dismiss complaint filed by Ryan Larsen’s mother

Papillion, Nebraska – The Papillion-La Vista Community School District has recently taken action by filing a motion to dismiss a complaint lodged by Tammi Larsen, the mother of Ryan Larsen. Court documents indicate that the dismissal is primarily based on the grounds of jurisdiction, asserting a lack thereof.

Ryan Larsen, a young individual diagnosed with autism, absence seizures, and Tourette’s disorder, was receiving educational support through an Individualized Education Plan, requiring constant supervision. This information was disclosed in a petition submitted by his mother.

On May 17, 2021, Ryan unexpectedly left La Vista West Elementary in the middle of the school day. Despite initial sightings near his mother’s apartment that same afternoon, he remains missing despite extensive search efforts.

Tammi Larsen’s lawsuit contends that the school district neglected to provide adequate supervision for Ryan within the classroom on the day he disappeared, despite being aware of his disabilities and his past history of elopement from the school premises.

Furthermore, Larsen alleges that the district failed to take any preventative measures to prevent Ryan from leaving the school and did not initiate immediate efforts to locate him following his departure, as outlined in the lawsuit.

In her petition, Larsen seeks an undisclosed amount of monetary compensation to address the emotional distress she has experienced as a result of these events.


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