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Parents prepare for BOE meeting

January 19, 2013

PARKERSBURG —The parents of a Parkersburg High School student placed in a “Bad Kid Fort” by a social studies teacher are making plans for a large turnout at next week’s Wood County Board of Educatio......

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Jan-22-13 9:58 AM

I agree with Mr. Alex. There are more than just this one child in that class. The rest of the students are entitled to their education as well. Why wasn't this particular child in a special ed program that was better equipped to handle his outbursts?

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Jan-19-13 11:31 PM

Have one,and I don't have to use the trendy "just saying"to get my point across.Can you say the same? Not expecting you to agree,it's an opinion poll,and it's not as if I'm going to win cash,prizes and a brand new car for best in debate.

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Jan-19-13 11:27 PM

Aaron, have you considered getting and education, just sayin!

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Jan-19-13 11:20 PM

It's NOT a gift? Cough out for a private school then come back and tell me that rich one.Added up,it's pennies on the dollar,and YOU aren't the only one who pays property taxes. Squealing as you are about said taxes,YOU should be enraged that this could and no doubt will be a big payday,made with YOUR precious money. Now add it up and tell me what a gift it isn't?

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Jan-19-13 11:10 PM

Aaron, please "educate" yourself on public education, it is not a gift as you say, my property taxes prove that to me every time. BTW I do not know this family at all, I just want my child and all children treated with the respect that ALL human beings deserve.

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Jan-19-13 11:01 PM

H.S; have to respectfully disagree with you on that one. Those kids hate the lime light and social interaction is abhorred by them; THAT"S why I just cannot understand why this "mother" would want to shed so much light on one who wants to be left alone? I'll grant you this kid has some problems that ordinary methods won't work for,but to me,instead of grandstanding and protesting,the time could have better been spent figuring out with the guidance councilor what classes keep this fellows interest.

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Jan-19-13 10:51 PM

Thanks; Guess He11 has frozen over.

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Jan-19-13 10:37 PM

Samson;I see you're cut from the same cloth as those who you're defending,since "Ignorant" seems to be your buzz word for this pre-planned invasion of a public meeting,and YES,that's exactly what it is.Public education is a gift,and if one can't(Or WON'T,which seems to be the case)conform to the few standards asked,then it's time to find something new for that student,instead of disruptions ruining the class for all.Which one of her "I have your back" buddies are you? Got some news for you fine folks,instead of dragging in your favorite picture of your child to hold, (like a family garnering juror sympathy in a murder trial) bring the genuine article to display. The kids out of the class,it's time to quit dragging this around trying to draw sympathy from some high dollar bottom feeding lawyer.

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Jan-19-13 10:37 PM

Hey, I believe somebody said the education was free, if thats the case somebody owes me one heck of a lot of property tax money. Oh, and by the way, why doesn't the school system say there isn't such a thing as behavior problems or autism and refuse the extra federal money they get to ensure that these kids also get the "free education" that they deserve. I cannot wait for one day for autism to touch some of the peoples lives on here that think this disorder is just made up to excuse young peoples bad behavior.

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Jan-19-13 9:55 PM

Hindsight, while we r giving drug tests why dont we start giving sanity tests, because you have to be crazy to believe what you just posted.

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Jan-19-13 9:11 PM

BTW, while I am on a roll, what about the abuse nursing home workers take every day from the elderly that have dementia or even Alzheimers, would it be appropriate for them to dish out this type of punishment? NO!!!! I don't know of anyone who would feel this is acceptable, yet it is acceptable for someone with a mental disorder just because he is 15. How would you feel if this was your loved one?

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Jan-19-13 9:04 PM

The more I read about this situation the more frustrated I get with people in a supposed civilized society. This paper just reported in September that only one county in this entire state met Adequate Yearly Progress in education and it was NOT Wood county. The BOE announced that they will be adding four 2-hour delays to our schedule for more training for teachers, a total of 8 hours. That is 8 hours out of our childrens' education, and Wood county did not meet expectations! Pam Goots, principal at PHS, responds to this situation by saying that this teacher did the best she could with the skills she had, this as a parent and a tax-paying citizen makes me angry. How much more training do we continue to give! Society does not except this kind of excuses from that doctor who botches a surgery or for that matter the waitress that screws up your order yet it is okay for the people that we trust our children too. The ignorant comments on here give a whole new meaning to normal.

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Jan-19-13 5:55 PM

Jane you are right. Actually taking the time to write bad kid fort on it was over the top. I stand behind my statement if the principal had handled the meeting with the parents better it would not have gotten to this point.

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Jan-19-13 4:28 PM

The teacher did not do the right thing, assembling a box around the student desk to calm things down ok, but taking the time to write "bad kid fort" on the box that is more than poor judgement.

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Jan-19-13 4:18 PM

This has blown up way past supposedly righting any wrongs and has turned into a witch hunt with the BOE being the ones burned at the stake. It would behoove all to check out her great facebook page to see just exactly what this has turned into,and for fun,count how many of her camp followers are advocating lawsuits. This has went way beyond how "Caleb was done wrong" and turned into whos ego needs to be petted.One would believe that for a malady where the lime light is avoided by the afflicted,what damage THIS stunt is doing. For receiving a free education,a few guidelines and stipulations are not that much to ask,and if Mom doesn't agree with the program,maybe home schooling could be an answer,but who would have to eat the responsibility if that didn't work?

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Jan-19-13 2:15 PM

And FATMAN they don't have classes like this anymore because people said they needed to be integrated. Don't you think some of us think our children with Autism need to be in a smaller classroom. MOst of us know that in that type of setting their will be disruptions. Help fix it and quit complaining. And the teachers should have enough training to be able to handle the stress having a child with Autism in the classroom and she should have been dismissed. PERIOD.

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Jan-19-13 2:12 PM

OK first of all "This child" has autism. The fact he gets special treatment isn't because his parents want it, it is because the ADA says he has it. Read the IDEA once and the ADA rights. The thing with the parents was the fact that the school acted like it was nothing. I have personally watched them say and do things to hide or cover what their teachers do and I am willing to come to the BOE meeting to let them know what was done. This isn't about the other kids in the classroom. My feelings are that some kids need inclusion others do not. I think if a student needs to be in a different setting I think the parents and teachers should be allowed to say my kid can't function in a regular classroom. The feds make the schools do this. It's not the childs fault. Nor is it the parents for having a child with a disability. If you think it's wrong then help fix it, if not the shut up! I really hate to hear people rant when they just want to complain and won't make it bet

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Jan-19-13 1:41 PM

Every child has a right to an education.they should have classes for kids like this .do away with some jobs at home office then we can afford them

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Jan-19-13 1:00 PM

I agree 100% Mr. Alex. My oldest son was in alot of trouble when he was in pre-school all the way to the 3rd grade. I cant count the times we got called by the teachers and principal telling us he had an issue. The pre-school teachers even talked us into seeing a specialist. The first thing I said was there will be no drugs or labeling of him. My wife and I can handle it with out medicane. He is now in the 5th grade getting straight A's and is a decent student, not where I want him but we will not stop working with him until he is perfect or graduate. Whatever comes first. We as parents need to work harder on discipline at the house instead of leaving it to the teachers. Help the teachers and listen to them and most of them will work with you.

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Jan-19-13 12:34 PM

Well said "MrAlex!" I agree.

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Jan-19-13 11:14 AM

I know about special education because I was a participant.

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Jan-19-13 11:12 AM

This remark comes from parents of other students in that room: This particular student has been disruptive to the learning process for quite a while. At this point, I am more concerned with the other students in the room rather than the one with the "issues." What about their rights? Oh, that's right, they don't really matter. It's much better to let the teacher spend inordinate amounts of time on just that one. Ridiculous and very selfish of these particular parents to make this all about their rights and feelings. Unfortunately our society has regressed to this state. Perhaps home schooling would be much more beneficial to the complaining family. And, by the way, efforts have been made for several years by several teachers to curb this disruptive behavior - to no avail.

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Jan-19-13 11:04 AM

You people are nuts. This child was acting out in class. The teacher punished him for it, end of story. A little Embarrassment never hurts. To releive the teacher would be rediculous. If the parents want to do something, how about spending time with the child teaching discipline and respect instead of running around town in there biker colors spouting off that the teacher needs fired. Or pull him out of school and put him in a military school. That would cure whatever excuse for a disablility they have for him.

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Jan-19-13 10:28 AM

I believe you can file this with you have to be in their shoes to know what they are going thru. There are kids with autism and other problems that they cannot control like a normal child. On a side note, Wood County BOE has frequently moved qualified special ed teachers from one teaching position to another because of the seniority thing even though the new special ed teacher has not a clue what is going on! Don't believe, check out Vandy and there new special ed teachers.

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Jan-19-13 10:19 AM

Being paddled does nothing but make the child hate school, teachers, and authority. Adults who strike children with a paddle are just as guilty of child abuse as the 'parent' who uses a punch instead of a paddle. Civilized people don't need violence to raise their children.

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