The little girl in the above picture is named Angie - a 7 year old Wisconsin girl with special needs who was killed while being physically restrained and secluded at her school.
Recently my six year old son, who has autism, was restrained at the public school that he attended before we moved him to a private school for children with mild disabilities. The school district we are dealing with is now denying the incident ever happened. The lawyer we have, who is helping us to obtain a Free and Appropriate Eduction (FAPE), is telling us that eventually we're going to have to sign a paper that releases the district of any liability.
It's complete Bull Shit.
Over the weekend I was doing some research.. because we can't be the only family in this situation, my son can't be the only one that's ever been restrained at school. What I found was horrifying. It actually made me sick to my stomach to read the report I found..
If you decide to read the report.. please be forewarned, it's very heartbreaking. I cried through reading most of it.
So.. earlier this week I spent most of my time doing Internet searches, trying to find out what to do, who to tell, about what happened to my son. He's showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He's been back to the campus twice since the incident happened and both times he tells us, "This is where they held me down. This is where they were mean to me." And now the district is offering us a FAPE in a classroom at the same location the incident happened.
Are they insane?
I've sent complaint letters to the California Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. Will they even care? I've been calling agencies and advocates trying to find someone who can help, someone who even cares.
I can't believe that this is the best the government can do. One poor set of parents from the School Shouldn't Hurt Report... they got a million dollars for their pain and suffering and the teacher that killed their child STILL GOT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND TEACH AGAIN, the death was reported as accidental.
It makes me sick.