Wednesday, May 28, 2008

First things First

I can only imagine the pain this mother is feeling. Also what about the CHILD. How cruel can one be, when an adult takes a shot at an adults feelings. This is a form of child abuse, no matter what anyone says. I know enough to let Mateo play with the big kids, even though it pains me. But when they pick on him it takes everything for me not to go and yell to their parents and SCREAM " Teach your child manners, teach them that everyone doesnt look alike, or sound alike". Mateo is harmless and he is a very well behavied child. I have never had any complaints about him EVER.

Anywho enough of my blah blah's here is the story

PORT ST. LUCIE — Melissa Barton said she is considering legal action after her son's kindergarten teacher led his classmates to vote him out of class.

After each classmate was allowed to say what they didn't like about Barton's 5-year-old son, Alex, his Morningside Elementary teacher Wendy Portillo said they were going to take a vote, Barton said.

By a 14 to 2 margin, the students voted Alex — who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism — out of the class.
Melissa Barton filed a complaint with Morningside's school resource officer, who investigated the matter, Port St. Lucie Department spokeswoman Michelle Steele said. But the state attorney's office concluded the matter did not meet the criteria for emotional child abuse, so no criminal charges will be filed, Steele said.

Port St. Lucie Police no longer are investigating, but police officials are documenting the complaint, she said.

Steele said the teacher confirmed the incident took place.

Portillo could not be reached for comment Friday.

Steele said the boy had been sent to the principal's office because of disciplinary issues. When he returned, Portillo made him go to the front of the room as a form of punishment, she said.

Barton said her son is in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a type of high-functioning autism. Alex began the testing process in February at the suggestion of Morningside Principal Marcia Cully.

Children diagnosed with Asperger's often exhibit social isolation and eccentric behavior..
Alex has had disciplinary issues because of his disability, Barton said. After the family moved into the area and Alex and his sibling arrived at the school in January, Alex spent much of the time in the principal's office, she said.

He also had problems at his last school, but he did not have issues during his two years of preschool, Barton said.

School and district officials have met with Barton and her son to create an individual education plan to address his difficulties, she said. Portillo attended these meetings, Barton said.

Barton said after the vote, Portillo asked Alex how he felt.

"He said, 'I feel sad,' " Barton said.

Alex left the classroom and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office, she said.

Barton said when she came to pick up her son at the school Wednesday, he was leaving the nurse's office.

"He was shaken up," she said.

Barton said the nurse told her to talk with Portillo, who told her what happened.

Alex hasn't been back to school since then, and Barton said he won't be returning. He starts screaming when se brings him with her to drop off his sibling at school.

Thursday night, his mother heard him saying "I'm not special" over and over.

Barton said Alex is reliving the incident.

The other students said he was "disgusting" and "annoying," Barton said.

"He was incredibly upset," Barton said. "The only friend he has ever made in his life was forced to do this.

St. Lucie School's spokeswoman Janice Karst said the district is investigating the incident, but could not make any further comment.

Vern Melvin, Department of Children and Families circuit administrator, confirmed the agency is investigating an allegation of abuse at Morningside but said he could not elaborate.

SOURCE: http://www. tcpalm. com/news/2008/may/24/30gtteacher-lets-students-vote-out-classmate-5/

I cannot stress it enough.... GET AN ADVOCATE FOR YOUR CHILD!!!!!! No matter how "wonderful" things seem to be going in your IEP. Please, get an advocate!! I will help you with this information, who to contact and most advocates are funded by the state so they cost you nothing! No school should allow this kind of behavior! No child is "left behind!!".

Monday, May 12, 2008

Im going to jackson and thats a fact

Well now, we got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper Sprout,
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson, ever since the fire went.
I'm goin' to Jackson, and that's a fact.
Yeah, we're goin' to Jackson, ain't never comin' back.

Yes we are going to Fort Jackson. Im not sure how I feel about this. I mean yay Brian may not deploy since he will be TRADOC... however. its scary there. Very dirty on post. So we will move off post, but once again, you never know the good or bad areas.. I hate PCSing.. it bothers me. While this post is so very small, we have a family here. A good christian family. There are not very many people around our age, and while Jackson will have that, Im just afraid I wont make that many new friends. I like my christian family.. While i have tons of friends who are not Christians, i want to keep some in my life.
The army wants us to report in 20 days. HAHA we dont even have orders yet, so I am really not sure on how that is going to work. Ill keep ya updated

Monday, May 5, 2008

Give Bone Marrow

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