Dr. Suess

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Schools should not be a torture chamber!

What is wrong with a teacher who proudly admits to telling a 12 year old 6th grade child, in special education class ... "If you fail this year, I will make sure that it is the most miserable year of your life!"

AND Proudly admits to having said that in front of the school principal, the school district special ed director and the school psychologist and the child's parents, grandmother and children's pastor from the child's church?

What could possibly posssess someone that feels like that to teach school, much less to teach junior high, much less to teach junior high special education?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

The only saving grace is that while this man is still my sons history teacher, he is no longer my sons case manager! The special ed director did not say anything to him while he yelled at us, demanding our respect but admitting to threatening our child. The special ed director did nod her head rather vigerously when the principal admitted that things were said by teachers that 'they as the administration feel should never have been said and would be dealt with'

But the damage is done and even if they fired him on the spot ... even if this man never saw my son again ... my son was still told by a special ed teacher that he (the teacher) was going to make him (my son) miserable! And that cannot be undone!

I just am so tired of fighting this school district. Bj is in the 6th grade, he's 12 years old, almost 13, we have been fighting this district since he was 2, almost 3 ... 10 years. I have taken them to due process 2 times (and won!) I have had the school special ed audited by the state senate educational committee (and changes were implemented) have they not learned I will NOT sit idly by and let them harm my child??!?!?

My mother warned me (she's taught special ed 20 + years) that they will not remove my son from this man's case load. She said that is the ultimate slap in the face, disclipline they can do to a case load teacher. But they did ... We finished the meeting with some things that might work to help, but we did NOT finish the meeting with anyone in the room but the special ed director & the school vice principal acknowleging that Bj really does try and that what they are saying is "just not working" is actually stereotypical of ADHD behavior (can do it one day, not the next ... can do things they want to, have an interest, can't do things that require effort ... )

I can't wait to get our habitat for humanity house and get the heck out of this district!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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