Most school teachers and administrators are professionals. But, when your kids are at school, you've essentially given up your ability to protect your little ones and watch out for them.
This can be a
problem when your child is too young or naive to take care of herself,
or perhaps intimidated by what goes on inside a classroom.
In Atlanta, two teaching assistants were caught on camera (allegedly) beating special needs students. (Play the news video above)
Let's break this down a bit:
Let me share a quick story.
I have a relative with special needs. Today she's an adult. But when she was still in school her mom had to fight for her. She had to deal with education bureaucrats to get her daughter the care and attention she needed at school.
She had to jump through all kinds of hoops like IEP meetings, teacher's meetings, mountains of paperwork, etc. (And this wasn't including all the non-school related medical and insurance red tape the mother had to battle with.)
Long story short...
After one contentious IEP meeting the mother mentioned to me that she had to be careful not to argue too strongly for her daughter.
She had to be careful how she framed her arguments because she was afraid that if the staff got offended and wanted to retaliate, they would take it out on her daughter and could make it look like an accident.
At the time, I didn't believe her statement meant the school had a history of retaliation or taking anything out on the young students.
Instead, I felt she was simply voicing her gut, feminine instincts. Was she paranoid? Over-cautious?
Recent events in Atlanta prove that her prudence was well founded.
Homeschooling a special needs child or non-special needs child is an option more families should embrace.
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