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Apr 16, 2011
Restraint and seclusion also make my blood boil. I never knew it was even happening. I never knew it was part of his IEP and if it was that there was or wasnt a conditional release. I dont do these things home alone, nor enjoy them. But if I have had to the circumstances are extreme. Well when I found out most of my son meltdowns were his autism, not violent rages per say, plus putting in holds could trigger his asthma, I tried to redirect him. And usually never had a problem. His school apparenlty diagnosed him with disruptive behavior disorder, and without my consent was giving several restraints and "time-outs" monthly if not daily. they never once asked or informed me. And I guess they say they didnt have to. I am begging to differ on the matter. Especially after my son teacher grabbed him by his shirt leaving strangle marks on both sides of his neck, dropped him to the ground and then restrain so hard and bad it caused him to throw up and left bruised on his chest,it happened before lunch that day, And later he was sent in someone elses clothes. IT was not only embarressing for my son, it was a sensory issue, a bodily harm concern, medical concern not recieving treatment for injuries and asthma pump. And anxiety for him and others who witnessed it. I filed a maltreatment complaint and the police did an interview, and he said although he doesnt take the situation lightly, the law will most likely protect the teacher because my son was a danger to himself and others, therefore the restraint was "justified"...you know what my son was doing? Standing on a table!! He didnt shoot up a gas station and rob people! And a school note came home w/ 5 NCPI alerts. I didnt know what they were until weeks after what that ment. My son is scared of school. And I dont blame him.
Wow. This blog was amazing. I wish I would of read it months ago..or even years. But yet I never thought I would endure such BS with my son IEP team, etc. I am one of those ppl the Social worker befriends. Due to my own disability, and honesty I got real chatty once when talking and didnt realize it was going to be held against us. Although I dont think being a victim of a crime is bad (cuz it wasnt my fault) and being a single mom in the hood is illegal (at least I take care of my kids) but they make your kid out to be the worse when they are wrong because he is just another black boy with a dad in jail and the mom has ptsd and probably has alot of stress and is on meds. So I have been fighting them off for a while. I turned into an advocate/activist for my son, my self and my community and I hate what they have put us through or how they judge and stereo type families. My son deserves the same things as other kids do. And I am sick of them putting me down like I am stupid at the meetings or ignoring me. After they wouldnt listen to my concern of my son being abused my staff and students in his SPEN program I filed a complaint with the state dept, pulling my son out and awaiting the next step. In the mean time they send me truancy warnings yet they wont give him new and better services somewhere else and keep cancel the IEP meetings. I have saved all my emails and took pictures. And hopefully this law student can help with a complaince before she graduates becaus I can not afford a lawyer. And I really want what is best and right for not only my son but the other kids that are ignored in this level 3 setting. If I would of known then what I know now, I swear, I would of never even signed my name to that IEP propasal. Thanks for letting me vent. I look foward to reading more blogs and I promise not to leave a novel every time. lol.
Susan Montgomery added a favorite at Special Education Law Blog
Apr 16, 2011
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