School Aide gets pass for slapping my 4 yo
A few weeks ago, I received a call from a district student services worker. There had been a claim made by other teachers and aides that my child had been the victim of child abuse by a "staff member." They were going to perform a full investigation. The "staff member" was on suspension until the investigation was complete. I didn't freak out on the phone. I asked my son what happened. He said "teacher smack me like this." He slapped his own face. He did not know their name. There were no marks and he forgot about it the next day. My son attends Special Needs classes for speech therapy. His teacher calls me every few days to say that she is having major behavior issues with my son. Saying that he definately has anger and mental health issues. The behavior he is having at school is nothing like what is happening at home. He starts behaviors at home but is easily redirected. Behavior plan attached to IEP is working perfectly now. No issues at school anymore. Redirecting works like a charm.
I called the district services worker back last week. She told me that the behavior that the "staff member" had taken was appropriate. My son is 4. He is not very reliable. I figured that it was a miscommunication between staff and what was "seen." The staff member is returning to work after taking a retraining class. Big weight lifted off my chest.
The police called me a few days ago to let me know that they had gotten the report of child abuse from a teacher at the school following the conclusion of the investigation by the district. I figured it was protocol. Not a big deal.
Received another call from the police. The investigatior said that a teachers aide had slapped my son because he was out of control at school. The actions taken by the teachers aide was acceptable and allowable. The district would handle the retraining and it was completely ok as far as california law and the police were concerned.
I am at a loss for words and completely furious. The behavior he has been having at school is because the school was letting him get his way. He would sit on the ground and say "I want mommy and daddy pick me up. I don't want to go on the bus." They would call us to come get him. WTF is wrong with these people. I don't know what to do I am in complete shock.