Justices sympathetic to Michigan girl suing school over service dog

Posted at 12:23 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 12:23:47-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears sympathetic to a 12-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who wants to sue school officials for refusing to let her bring a service dog to class.

Most of the justices hearing arguments in the case Monday seemed to agree that federal disability laws allow Ehlena Fry to pursue her case in court.

Lower courts ruled against her, saying the dispute over the fluffy white Goldendoodle named Wonder first had to go through a lengthy administrative process.

Fry and her parents say federal laws allow them to bypass administrative hearings and go directly to court. The school district claims the family is trying to evade a process that Congress put in place to encourage the informal resolution of educational disputes.