A western Kansas woman is suing the state and some of the agencies involved in questioning and removing her 11-year-old son from her home after he spoke up at school about her possessing and using marijuana.
Shona Banda’s federal lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges the state of Kansas and its agencies deprived her of her civil rights to treat a debilitating condition that she says is Crohn’s disease, the Wichita Eagle reported.
The Garden City woman, 38, also claims officials have infringed on her parenting, and that local police and school employees improperly questioned her son without her permission.
Banda’s son was removed from her custody in March 2015 after authorities said he made comments during a drug-education program at his school that his mother and other adults at home were avid drug users. Police said a subsequent search of her home uncovered more than a pound of marijuana, as well as cannabis oil and other drug-related items.
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