Mother fights for education for her special needs child


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico mother says she’s forced to fight to get her son with special needs a proper education.

Laura Gutierrez is the mother of former Jimmy Carter Middle School student Michael Bruening. Bruening, who has autism, walked away from campus in the middle of the day back in 2014. The student claims he was later tased by an APS officer.

It’s part of the so called “school to prison pipeline”–when students are pushed out of school for minor misbehavior and punished severely. It became the subject of a US Department of Justice investigation.

Bruening’s mother says her son deserves better. Wednesday she held a press conference to bring attention to her cause.

“He has a disability and deserves dignity and an education he can benefit from. Not a push out,” said Laura Gutierrez, Bruening’s mother.

New Mexico State Senator Linda Lopez says this is growing problem nationwide. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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