Terri Doumit, right, is pictured with her son in Lee Park in this 2016 Dispatch file photo. Doumit's son is a 16-year-old special education student at Columbus Middle School. Columbus Municipal School District's SPED department is currently under investigation by the Mississippi Department of Education after a complaint was filed alleging SPED students are being denied services. Doumit's son was denied music therapy, out of compliance with federal law mandating SPED students receive what they need to be educated.

Parents' complaints lead to investigation of CMSD special education department

Investigators with Mississippi Department of Education have been in and out of classrooms in Columbus since November, checking on all 472 students with special education needs in the Columbus Municipal School District.



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