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Wood County BOE pledges to review special needs, IEPs

Board members apologize for ‘Bad Kid Fort’

January 23, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Wood County Board of Education apologized Tuesday for the “Bad Kid Fort” incident and pledged to review issues of special needs education in the county school system....

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Jan-23-13 1:45 AM

The "Bad Kid Fort" incident sounds like something that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) should challenge.

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Jan-23-13 4:48 AM

Wonder where Dad was in all of this,since STEPmom is still married to someone else?Makes me wonder if it's really all for Caleb or not.Now that the meeting is over,one has to wonder when all the lawyers will be flocking in.

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Jan-23-13 6:30 AM

The BOE will do nothing to the teacher.Also 30 children to a class room is way to many.Hire more teachers to reduce class room size.That would be a start. Most teachers today could care less about the students they teach.Give me my pay check and let me go home.The teachers union today makes it very hard to fire the bad teachers.PHS is hoping this will just go away,nothing will be done to correct this.Some how this will be the fault of everyone but the teacher and the BOE.Just watch and see.

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Jan-23-13 6:53 AM

To WV. The only thing the board needs to do is train teachers a little and possibly have an aide to help with the students that need it. If the needs of this child are that bad, then the parents need to step in and help out not just leave it to the school system to raise this child and be a sideline quaterback waiting for the school system to make a mistake.

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Jan-23-13 7:41 AM

I witnessed a special needs classroom in action a few years ago. It was chaos! A free for all! They watched movies and played video games every day. The IEP looked very professional and concerned with the child's welfare, but it was just words. When the teacher was supposed to report behavior to the parent WHEN it occurred, they never did until the parent teacher conference. What a joke! The child, who is grown now says he has learned more from the History Channel and Nat Geo than he ever did in school.

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Jan-23-13 7:41 AM

Special need kids should never be in a public school. Parents need to except the fact that they will never be like the average child and do more harm in the education system then good. Teachers are there to teach and not be babysitters to a child that disrupts class time. Go back to having a “slow class” for the ones that can’t learn and act like a normal child and let the rest of the kids move forward.

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Jan-23-13 8:15 AM

I'm curious..I wonder if the bad kid fort has been used for a non special needs child? Bad choice by the teacher, worse choice by the parents. If the child was harmed, the parents are just keeping the wound open. Move on and do what is best for the kids, not satisfy the parents.

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Jan-23-13 8:36 AM

Don't you think it is about time to let this go? Without being there at the time, I will step out on a limb and say the teacher showed bad judgement but this does not deserve this much attention. Teachers have to many students in each class and a strict curriculum to follow so they abide by educational guidelines. There is no way that they can give personal attention to every student and adhere to the educational requirements. We made a decision to crowd classrooms for monetary reasons and now we are seeing the negatives of our decisions.

I am sure this child would have forgotten this entire ordeal if this boys parents would let it go. This is no different than someone making fun of him at the mall. Life happens and his parents should teach him to adapt and move on versus thinking he is owed something. They apologized, get over it.

Hannah, it is people like you who cause messes like this to begin with. Get over it sweetheart, the world is not here to cater to you.

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Jan-23-13 9:00 AM

No,Disturbedagain,They,or should I say SHE and her followers are NOT going to leave this go,since it's a new flag to wave and a new drum to beat and God Forbid,if any-one disagrees with it. You good folks need to check out BOTH of their facebook social media pages. Neither one can go to the bathroom without posting,and especially on this. I for one,find it very interesting that Caleb has the concentration for Rifle Match competition,but little for the boredom of school. Sounds as if priorities were lacking, or is this fellow going for the Olympic Gold later in life?

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Jan-23-13 9:08 AM

Just like the "dunce cap" in the 1950's and sitting at your desk in the hallways in the 1970's, this was a way to separate a child for their unruly behavior. The parents need to take responsibility also for making sure this student knows to not act this way again or he should be sent home to let them deal with his attitude or let them come into the school to sit with him during his class. Let him act like that while they are there, losing time from work, affecting their money and maybe that would make them realize how hard it is to control one, let alone 30.

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Jan-23-13 9:09 AM

They need to handle these kids like they did when I was in school. Beat them into submission.

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Jan-23-13 9:15 AM

No good will come of this. The ONLY thing this will accomplish is making teachers jobs more difficult and take away from kids without IEP's. Giving a kid an IEP allows them to abuse teachers, disrupt classes and face no consequences in the process because they have-boo hoo-special needs. Show me a kid with an IEP and I will show you lazy parents with no parenting skills.

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Jan-23-13 9:21 AM

In my opinion Beth Dean-and all mothers like her-are turning their kids into professional victims who will become adults who believe that because they have "special needs" that they are entitled to have their behinds kissed by society. Right now the only future these kids have is moving straight into their parent's basements.

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Jan-23-13 9:33 AM

Wait till the meth lab,bathsalt kids start to show up.Not the kids fault when mom and dad was dopers when they were awaiting birth.

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Jan-23-13 9:34 AM

@ hannahROSE...what a STUPID thing to say...

way to go to the parents for making this a public spectacle and "outing" their son for ridicule...this could have been handled much better for all involved...

interesting that a poster said a kid wrote on the box...would like to know more about that tidbit...that's important to this story....

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Jan-23-13 9:46 AM

It worked in the 50s and 60s, and it will work today. You would see a big change in young people's attitudes if they got their behinds whipped once in a while when they need it. Someone long ago said, "Spare the rod, and spoil the child". Maybe they knew what they were talking about, ya think??? There were still a few bad kids, but not whole school buildings full like we have today. The kids misbehave because they have no fear of punishment for their bad behavior.

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Jan-23-13 9:56 AM

Wally I agree. Thats the way I raise my 3 children and from what the teachers tell me, they are doing fine. Works for me!!

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Jan-23-13 9:57 AM

All I can is WOW....after reading a lot of the comments, to janeeyere1: you have no idea if that parent is lazy or not. I have a special needs child and take offense to you saying a kid with IEP and you will show me a lazy parent with no parenting skills. Who do you think you are. I am a professional and raised 3 boys. I must have had some skills, cause my boys never and I respect never got into any trouble and now are professionals in their own right. Special needs kids are no different than the woman with a stollar that expects you to get out of her way cause she has a baby or the older person that parked in a handicapped space and then runs into the store. This goes on and on. I just hope you never have a special needs child in your family. I would hate to think that you would have to go to jail for beating them. Let alone thinking that our society would kiss their behinds. REALLY!!

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Jan-23-13 10:08 AM

gloria1966, Did your special needs child go to public school?

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Jan-23-13 10:13 AM

This could go on and on, but bottom line no student whether he be a special needs or regular student should have to be put into a box. For the comment about Martin School... Martin School was designed for the special needs child and benefited many students until the government passed the law mainstreaming all kids into the regular school system. Some parents would have preferred to have their children remain in the classroom with like students. I would have loved for this to happen. When my son was removed from Martin School, he was placed at PHS. Their classroom was more like a storage room.....I hope things have changed. Society will still remain the same. my son will not be put in the basement nor will he be allowed to go uncorrected when his behavior is inappropriate. He will remain as he has for the last 38 years. A part of our family as your children remains a part of your family.

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Jan-23-13 10:16 AM

hindsight 101 clearly you have no idea what you are talking about. It is 100 percent decriminalized in Ohio. the most you can get is a 125 dollar ticket for the offense, and that goes for paraphernalia to. Now that does not include if you are driving under the influence. But all senses less than 99 grams get prosecuted with 125 dollar ticket. You really aren't that smart there are you hide site. A simple search on the internet and you could have found the answer.

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Jan-23-13 10:19 AM

Any child with a low IQ or a special need should not be put in a public school. It’s just a waste of taxpayers money and teachers time. Tax money for a school system is to better the community with educated children, not to baby sit a mentally challenged kid. Let them be normal around other kids like themselves and leave the public schools for regular kids that have a chance in life.

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Jan-23-13 10:21 AM

NEWWORLD. Yes my son attended Parkersburg High School. He wasnt in a regular classroom, but interacted with students during lunch. This was 17 years ago.....I am sure things have changed. If I remember correctly, students came into their classroom, but they did not go into theirs.

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Jan-23-13 10:22 AM

Mr Alex, I couldn't have put into words as well stated as you have. I've raised several children, and grandchildren, and by the grace of God, I was blessed with all normal ones. Having said that, surely all know that even they at times might act out in class. Also can be harder to control at times, but thats when parents get a call from the office! Parents need to be envolved in child-rearing, even through high school. One of the most complaints I've heard from students who really want to learn, is that its hard to consentrate when teachers are constantly being interrupted by other students. "Normal or Not". Why expect teachers to deal with both? These children are special, and have special needs, put them where they can get care and special attention they deserve!

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