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What the hell is wrong with some schools? This is ridiculous!

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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Parents: 8-year-old daughter with Down syndrome duct taped at Indianapolis-area elementary school

Indy girl with Down syndrome

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Posted: 11:28 AM
Last Updated: 1 hour and 10 minutes ago

INDIANAPOLIS - One Indianapolis-area family is demanding answers after their 8-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, came home from school with her feet duct taped.

Nate Searcy said his daughter, Shaylyn, returned from Westlake Elementary School in Wayne Township Monday with duct tape wrapped around both of her feet.

The bus assistant pointed it out to him when he went to get his daughter off the bus Monday afternoon.

"I'm like, 'Shaylyn, come on,' and she just kind of stood there, kind of limping a little bit," said Nate Searcy. "And I'm like, 'What's wrong?' And she's like, 'My feet hurt.' I look down and she had duct tape wrapped around both shoes, both ankles and she couldn't even walk."

Nate said he turned to the bus driver for answers, and what she told him was even more disturbing.

"They had the tape on her feet so tight she couldn't even walk," he said. "They had to push her out with a wheelchair on to the bus."

Searcy said he and his wife, Elizabeth, went straight to the Wayne Township school to get answers. 
      
"I had to carry her off the bus, carry her to the car," Nate Searcy said. "We went back to the school and told the principal what was going on. It took her 30 minutes to get the tape off."

Nate Searcy said the duct tape was so tight that it was cutting off Shaylyn's circulation, and the child had bruises left on her feet and ankles.

Even after the meeting with the principal, the Searcys say they still don't know who put the duct tape on their daughter.

"I just don't know what they'd need duct tape in a handicapped room for," Elizabeth Searcy said. 
    
The Searcys admit their daughter can be a handful at times, throwing temper tantrums, but they said the school has always turned to them in the past.

"They've called me before because she won't get her shoes on or she won't stand up and walk to the bus and had fits," said Elizabeth Searcy. "And I've talked to her on the phone with the teacher, and she's got up and she's got on that bus. I don't know why today was any different."

"I'm home before they get home from school," Elizabeth continued. "There's no reason why I couldn't go get her, if it was such an issue." 
    
But it was different, and the parents said they're worried about the effect on their daughter.

"It's not only physical abuse to her, but it's mental abuse because now she's going to think every time she does something wrong, this is what they're going to do to her," Nate Searcy said.

Wayne Township Schools issued the following statement to RTV6:

"We have had the opportunity to meet with the parents of the student involved in this reported incident and have begun our own investigation. We have notified the Indiana Department of Child Services of the incident, and if warranted, we will file a report with the agency. We have also involved our own law enforcement officers in the investigation. When the investigation into this incident is concluded, we will take appropriate action."



Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/national/parents-8-year-old-daughter-with-down-syndrome-duct-taped-at-indianapolis-area-elementary-school#ixzz2K31KhQhO

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ditsyjo
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:49 PM

that is crazy.... could it have been one of the other kids? though why the teachers didn't get it off if that was the case...

angelachristine
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I doubt it but if it was the teacher should have caught it and what was duct tape doing where kids could reach it? 


Quoting ditsyjo:

that is crazy.... could it have been one of the other kids? though why the teachers didn't get it off if that was the case...



It's Cassandra Cat! 

pinkiebabii
by Jennie on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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Things like this is why I will be homeschooling.
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ZakkarysMom
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM
Probably was the teacher. That is just sick and cruel.
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needadvice1983
by Bronze Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM
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Wow my child would not be going back and they would have a lawsuit on their hands! I'm not one for petty lawsuits, but this action 1) bruised their child 2) Probably did some emotional damage and 3) The school has no idea who did it? What else is going on in that classroom? I bet more abuse is happening if something like this happened with no explanation. 

ditsyjo
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

 I agree still something wrong there... a lack of supervision at the very least


Quoting angelachristine:

I doubt it but if it was the teacher should have caught it and what was duct tape doing where kids could reach it? 

 

Quoting ditsyjo:

that is crazy.... could it have been one of the other kids? though why the teachers didn't get it off if that was the case...

 

 


 

WalkingDeadlove
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Omfg!!! Why why why? I really wish I could hs my dd with SN. We've already had one unexplained mark on her face, anymore and I'm pulling no matter what. I don't understand how people go into that line of work if they can't handle it with compassion and understanding.
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NDADanceMom
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I don't get that at all. We have sn kids in my school and the teachers are angels in that area. That's why they are there... They have a gift. I'd never be able to do it.
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kansasmom1978
by Katie on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I would have called the cops and my attorney. I have a disabled son and that is beyond bullshit. Heads would roll.

thatgirl70
by Carin on Feb. 6, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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Heads should roll...

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