I think out of all of these pages, this is the one that I feel the most strongly about. It shows a problem that I have been trying to prove all along to the school.
I know that some of Anna's classmates will remember this, and I will not
mention any names.
Again, I apologize for the length, but blame it on the school, cause you see, there wouldn't even be a long story had it not happened this way.
I assure you, that what I am about to tell you will make you sick. If you do not want to read, I'd advise you not to go any further.
Shortly Before Christmas
Right before Christmas, a month after myself and the school writing my daughter's contract, Anna came home from school all upset about something. What she told me made me think thoughts I never thought I would feel for anyone...until now.
In Anna's English Class that day (teacher was absent, and they had a substitute), a student had let the substitute know that she would need to leave the class early due to major health problems she has. I am not going to release health information on this girl, but will tell you that she has a catheter in her stomach & occasionally coughed up blood.
Her doctors had given orders that she was to leave class 5 minutes early,
as not to get bumped.
Mr. Notto appeared in the class, to monitor again, and the substitute asked him about the girl leaving early.
The student was also going to have her friend carry her books for her. Mr. Notto would not allow the girl's friend to carry her books, but assigned my daughter to carry the books. (Now remember, Mr. Notto was aware of the contract, and that my daughter was not to carry books)
When the substitute told Mr. Notto that the girl was to leave 5 minutes early, he told her "NO, 2 minutes".
This girl explained to him, argued with him, as the class tried to quiet her--afraid that she would get into trouble.
She held her ground, as she told him that she could die if she got bumped, that he knew what her doctor's said.
He said he did not care, and eventually told her to SHUT UP in front of
the whole class.
It got so bad in that class, that he demanded her in the hall to talk to her. They went down to the office, and the girl was so upset in the guidance office, she almost hyperventilated. Mrs. B tried to calm her down.
Meanwhile, in the classroom, this student's friend got really upset, as the class was all in disbelief as to what had just happened. They started reading, and ANOTHER student was having a hard time getting some words, and then was called STUPID by the substitute. There was another scene in the class.
***Now, I get infuriated every time I think of this.
The same class, and 3 handicapped children picked out for the price of one.---Amazing.
Please....Parents, if I accomplish anything with this story, please communicate with your child, or vice versa.
Find out what is going on with your child, cause it just may be your child next. You may find out things you don't want to.
On with the story
So, knowing this has all happened in the past, and all that we had went through with the school, we had our tutor, and was praying that it was over. Anna was settling down, and we were concentrating on what is most important...her health & studies.
We scheduled to go back to Boston for a follow-up for March 13rth. As we didn't want to stay overnight & pay needlessly for the hotel, we went straight from the airport in Boston to our appointment that Saturday. That way, we would only have to spend one night, and we were homesick already.
We got to the hospital, went to the doctor's office where the clinic was,
and sat down.
Within minutes, she told us that Mr. Notto had called her on Thursday, March 11--two days prior to our trip. He asked her how long Anna would be out, if she could go back to school, and made promises of soaks, ice, elevation, crutches, all the things that we never had.
I was furious, as I felt that it ruined our whole trip.
I thought Anna was going to cry. I should have received a medal that day
for containing myself.
When I got to the office, he shook my hand, and patted it with the other. He motioned for me to sit down. He told me that he knew why I was probably there, and went on to apologize over and over as to Mr. Notto calling my daughter's doctors after HE TOLD HIM NOT TO BECAUSE HE KNEW THE BITTERNESS BETWEEN US.
I, again, delivered a 5 page letter to him for the schoolboard members & himself for the pre-meeting that night. I told him that I was demanding that this principal be reprimanded, and I wanted to know how and when. If you go to the 2nd letter on my front page, it is self-explanatory. He promised me it would stop.
I was only there minutes, when guess who was on the intercom? Are we
seeing a problem here?
to the situation. I told him that my daughter's progress was being slowed down due to the constant harassment.
He promised me he would call me the next day & let me know what was going to be done, but assured me that something would be done.
We shook hands again.
He did, however, wish my daughter the best.....
I have found many handicap families in the area who are experiencing the same kind of problems as us.
There are many contracts being written, BUT not followed.
I have started a support group for families in our area.
If you are, or have a student in the area & would like to join, e-mail me. I will get in touch & let you know the details. It is time for students and parents to make a stand for their rights....
Thank You for Reading our story. Sadly, it is true.
Any lawyers that would be interested in helping, and waiving retainers, I
have families interested.
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Help is there!
Thanks from me & Thanks from Anna!
She says hello to all her classmates & misses you.
Please show your support. I will be putting a banner up very soon. To those of you who have webpages & want to show your support, please post the banner on your page, call or e-mail us.
Before I forget, Anna is now currently starting physical therapy. Her first appointment was this past Thursday, where they are trying to do aquatherapy. Anna is doing non-weight bearing exercises right now, working towards walking in the future. Her foot has swollen & she experienced pain from her first treatment.
Our main concern is the muscle in Anna's leg, and keeping it from shrinking.
In two weeks, the doctor is going to cast Anna's foot, let it dry, and then send it away to make an insert for a shoe.
I will keep everyone updated on Anna's therapy & when she starts walking.
And I also want to remind everyone. School board elections are on May 18th. Please keep watching the unofficial school forum that is on the first page of our story. We will keep things updated, and will provide information on our school board members pertaining to stories and elections.
And, finally, keep watching our pages, as there will be updates & many
stories to read or add.
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