LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The decision to pursue legal action against the Clark County School District was not easy for Josh Wahrer.
He wants his son, who has autism, to wear a device that can track his whereabouts and listen to him at school after his former teacher was charged with felony child abuse last year.
"It's extremely stressful on both me, my wife and our son," said Wahrer. "Even just going to school for him is tough from day today."
But it comes on the heels of months of grueling school district hearings, and a criminal case after his six-year-old son's teacher at Harmon Elementary School was charged with felony child abuse for allegedly hitting him with a wooden pointer in 2018.
During a special hearing last month Wahrer asked the district to allow his son J.J. to wear a device that can track his whereabouts through GPS.
It's called AngelSense, and it can also be enabled to allow his parents to listen while he's at school if he places a call to the device.
Wahrer said the district refused that request along with some others they asked for to address the trauma they said J.J is dealing with including purposely wandering away from class.
"People see it as us trying to listen in," he said. "The listen function is only about 30 minutes a month so out of a little more than a six-hour day you are looking at maybe a minute."
Instead, Wahrer said it's about transparency that he said that was missing to the extent he didn't even know his child might have been abused until sometime after the incident allegedly happened.
"I know this case is far more reaching than just my son," said Wahrer. "Because legal battles are going on throughout the country for this specific device."