Our son is at the center of on-going bullying at recess and during one of his classes. He has severe language disorder obstacles, and is severe ASD. He can communicate to a point, but cognitively he is around 6-7 years old- he is about to be ten years old.So he has a very difficult time explaining who, what, where and why.
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My daughter was bullied as well (speech issues, etc.) and I can't tell you how sorry I am for your son. He luckily has parents that care.
I documented everything. I mean EVERYTHING. If I had to meet in person, I would send an email immediately afterwards to the tune of "I appreciate you meeting with me re: my son's bullying and look forward to you immediately implementing the strategies we discussed." That puts them on the hook for following through and you have a date and time to reference. If I had to leave a message I used speaker phone and recorded it on my recorder.
If your child needs a 1:1 aide to get through this then your child should be provided one. He can be followed and watched exclusively throughout the day. That person would accompany him to recess, the bathroom (often bullying areas) and during class. There should also be a discussion of what to do with the actual bullies. Staff should be trained in how to handle these things. So frustrating that they are willing to do nothing.
I would not wait to contact the district. Do it now. The longer you wait the easier it is for the school to say that you weren't really that bothered and try to play it down. You can also pull your son for his own safety. I would caution that you consult a lawyer or an advocate in your area prior to doing so but I did it and had the school pay for a teacher to come to the house to teach my daughter while everything got figured out.
I wish you the very best and send you hugs and every positive emotion I have in my body.
Immediately, research the Supreme Court case that reverses a decision regarding best practices in FAPE. Endrew F vs Douglas County School district.. Night mare scenario. As i went through. ASAP. GET a lawyer give them this case. This decision in March a unanimous vote to change the meaning of FAPE from adequate to exemplary education instead of adequate. Please, as a teacher in the same school system. My son was in they made it clear to me that if I continued to call parents and write up reports of BULLYING. I also called parents. I was told to be quiet or my son would be torcherd. I became a witness for the state regarding student suicides from bullying and depression.. Iwas torchered and so was my son. This made us sick. Our docs took us out of the tocic environment. Court and Court and ...eventually we got an enlightened Judge who odered Alexander to a small school with trained teachers in every subject. OT/ PT, SPEECH....Miracle! He transitioned with an IEP504 to a normal, small quiet high school. His life changed and so did mine. ASAP, the public school will lie and as your meetings go on your child will become more sick. Get a lawyer asap. I hope this was helpful!
My daughter was getting bullied on the regular school bus. She couldn't fully tell me the whole thing .I reached out to the Teacher and the Teacher was like that's not happening. Well, I not only took my daughter to a Child Psychologist whom she opened up to but I came up with the idea of going to the Social Worker at her school. I asked her to speak w/ the kids on the bus. She did and we found out who the bully was because the kids tattled on the bully. A Child Psychologist is a person to have your child see w/ a situation like this .Especially if your child can't express what's going on whether it's a language or out of fear, the Psychologist knows how to get them to speak.
Have these incidents been documented even by a doctor. Please document everything because the witnesses typically will run away. Please get your child out of that environment before damage sets in. See Endrew F vs Douglas County School district., Federal Supreme Court decision in March a unanimous vote for parents and students with invisible special needs. First have a meeting let them know your recording them. Bring an advocate from the State or a lawyer. They will never do the right thing.
Thank you both for your valuable information and suggestions. We are going to escalate this. I've waited to see how this was addressed and it wasn't. I plan on addressing the district, escalating it higher as necessary. I will attempt to update as it moves forward. But I found that the school counselor was unhelpful, defensive (despite us being non-defensive as possible) and it's a matter of them covering their own rears and preserving their school ratings rather than address the issue itself.
I hate public schools.