Mom is forcing kid with seizures to get his driver's license *UPDATE*
A co-worker is forcing her 16 year old son to get his driver's license even though he has what she calls staring seizures several times a week and full blown ones at least once a month. She said he's old enough and she doesn't HAVE to report the epilepsy to the DMV. She says she is tired of driving him around and if he wants to go anywhere he will have to drive himself.
He was taking Driver's Ed through the school, but the instructor dropped him because of this issue. The mom didn't even warn the instructor!! He found out when the kid was having a startle seizure while behind the wheel.
Am I crazy here? I don't know alot about epilepsy, but this seems incredibly dangerous to me. Is her behavoir considered abuse? What can be done about this?
Update: I had to work with this same Mom last night. She was upset because the police and CPS showed up at her house. They questioned her about her son's epilepsy. They wanted proof that he was being treated for epilepsy, the Dr's name. The police told her that the son's license was temporarily suspended pending an investigation. CPS told her she could be facing child endangerment charges and the police said she could get charged with something like fraud for not completing the DMV forms properly.
Man, oh man, was she pissed!!! I didn't try to hide the fact that I turned her in. It made for an uncomfortable night, but IMO I did that right thing and it was worth it. I'm sure I will be hearing from the boss today, but I really don't care and will defend my actions to the death.
I was really kind of surprised that things happened that quickly. I expected it to take at least a week.
Oh, and I found out that she takes her son to a Dr in Nebraska, lives in Iowa. I think that was how she got around him being red flagged at the DMV, the Dr may have only reported it in Nebraska? I don't know .