For those who haven't read my post about my 6 yr old Ds that has been attacked and bullied at school I'll give a little background. Since the beginning of October one child has been attacking my son. Making threats, using his fists, slamming my son's face into a sidewalk and on one occasion stabbed my son 8 times with a pencil. I've been fighting and fighting the school to so something to put a stop to the situation. I got wonderful advice from so many momma's on here and wanted to update.
Two weeks ago I was contacted back by the ACLU. They referred me to the MPAA (Michigan Protection Advocacy Agency) and to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. I got in contact with both. The MPAA advised me to write a Gebser letter to all officials in the district. I wrote out the 4 that needed to be written and to have proof they were sent and received I sent them certified mail. Monday I sat down with my MIL and the school principal to discuss action that could be taken, again, and he decided he would get the child from class at lunch time and have the child eat with him and have the child in his office at recess time. I gave him the Gebser letter for him since I had a witness present and it costs 6.11 just to send one certified letter! Well the school Principal contacted me yesterday afternoon and stated "Superintendant Williams-Harper advised me to contact our school attorney and inform you we can no longer speek to you on this matter."
WOW! Immediately I contacted the MPAA and told them what I was told. They said to me the schools don't normally contact their attorney after the 1st Gebser letter unless they know they were in the wrong and they are going to try to get this situation to go away so you don't contact the U.S. Department of Education OCR. I explained I already had and the claim was being reviewed. MPAA advised me to contact them if the school attorney contacts me so they can have their attorney's handle the school attorney because I wont just "let it go away". I then called the U.S. Department of Education OCR and talked with the case holder who informed me after a long conversation about what's been happening and what's happening now and she told me I should expect an investigation to be open on this district by Friday. Finally something is getting done! My son's bully will be gone and the school will have to face up to the consequences of not keeping my son safe and for ignoring this problem!
Haven't heard from the school or their attorney yet. But yesterday my son came home with yet another black eye. It wasn't from the same kid that has been beating him up. It was another child in his class. My son said "We were lining up for lunch and Isaiah punched me." I asked what happened to the kid that hit him and was told he went to lunch then got sent to ISS (In school suspension). I asked if a note was sent home with him from his teacher to notify me of the incident since I never received a call and neither did DH and was told no. I even went thru his backpack just incase and nothing. Not one form or attempt to notify me that my son had been injuried in school. WTH??!!! I'm so beyond fed up with this school district. I kept all 3 kids home today. DH is leaving work early to go to the school and "Discuss" this issue. Told DH last night I'll be calling the OCR and MPAA this morning (already did waiting for call backs) and very very very soon here it's all getting "leaked" to the media. I'm far fed up with this school and their lack of action!