28 March 2016
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.
Spokespeople for Garden City public schools and Gov. Sam Brownback’s office are declining comment, citing the pending litigation. The Kansas Department for Children and Families, which is also named as a defendant, recommends that children be removed from their homes when serious safety issues exist — but not solely for marijuana use, spokeswoman Theresa Freed said.