YOU got the District’s Attention, They Freak Out

An abuser relies on the secrecy of their behavior for empowerment. Once their abusive behavior is exposed, their ability to continue abusing is threatened.

Last week, we provided a link to this website’s petition. The district has shared that only three people within the district knew about the undercover operation while it was occurring, school board member Bob Brown, who until recently was board president, Superintendent Tim Ritter, and the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance, Michael Hubbard. Each time the petition is signed, those three people, as well as all other board members receive the petition in their email, putting them on notice that their actions in this matter will not remain a secret.

After first bringing this story to the public’s attention on Friday, the petition received about 800 signatures by the time we went to bed, (right now, it stands at 1,123). Now here’s where it gets interesting. At 5:06 pm PST, one of the petition’s signers informed us that she had received the following email:

The Temecula Valley Unified School Distinct has received the following email from the same list serve approximately 460 times in the last week.  We have reason to question its authenticity and believe that at least some of the e-mail addresses and salutations have been inappropriately and/or fraudulently created, obtained, and used, without the permission of the individuals named in the e-mail.  The District requests that whoever has created such suspect emails to cease and desist misrepresenting senders.  The District will continue to encourage open and direct communication, including opportunities for participation by the public during Board of meetings.   Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM, (xxxxx) wrote:    Immediate Action is Required!

To:

We as a are banding together in defense of our Special Education students. We are offended by taxpayer-funded School Administrators who are secretly cultivating a dangerous environment, allowing predatory, actions of undercover officers who prey on the most vulnerable children in Public Schools. We believe this behavior is criminal and harmful, especially when excessive disciplinary measures are being implemented to punish and subsequently expel these Special Education students for falling victim to manufactured crimes. We represent a large body of voting taxpayers and immediately demand meaningful and transparent changes to this system. We also demand a public hearing to address the behavior of our elected school officials who are involved and feel they must be held accountable. Let it be known that we will all be paying close attention to the actions of the Temecula Valley Unified School District on this very serious issue.

(xxxxx@xxxxx)


Michael Hubbard
Director of Child Welfare & Attendance
Temecula Valley USD
31350 Rancho Vista Road
Temecula, CA 92592
951-506-7984
951-676-6701 fax
mhubbard@tvusd.k12.ca.us

We immediately started getting phone calls, emails and texts from numerous others who were reporting the same thing.

All he accomplished was ensuring that he received hundreds more emails from outraged citizens, letting him know that yes, they were real and yes, they were angry.

We can assume that he was feeling some discomfort that the district’s actions were no longer a dirty little secret. However, the discomfort that he, or anyone else from the district is feeling cannot compare to the damage that was done to our son, who we believe was abused under their watch.

Here are just a few of the responses that some of you shared in response to Mr. Hubbard’s stern words.

Dear Mr. Hubbard (or your automaton),I am who I say I am, and my email address reflects that. There are not very many (my real name redacted) out there, let me tell you. I happen to have been one since 1991.

If you would like to stop getting this petition, then perhaps you and your school district ought to reconsider how you treat your special needs students. This is not only about the student referenced in the upcoming hearing, but all other students who have been unfairly (and, in many opinions), illegally interrogated by your authorized representatives and the police. Shame on you all; you should know better.  Child Welfare, indeed. If you are incapable of seeing the difference in special needs students, and are insensitive to the medical and psychological issues inherent in an Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, you are not worthy of your position and should resign it immediately, on grounds of incompetence.

Sincerely,

{emeraldmaiden’s real name}

…this…

Mr. Hubbard, I’m a real person.My first child, a son, was born with a severe , and I know how hard it is for parents to deal with this issue.  I have taught autistic children in afterschool programs, and I understand that they need to be dealt with by people who understand what’s going on and who are trained in these issues.

I also know how easily they can be misled because they don’t understand cues and language that normal children do.

So, let me assure you that I am real and I am very outraged that the investigating officer either was not told that his suspect was autistic or was not trained to deal with autistic children.  Mainstreaming makes such a huge difference to these children, and to the children who interact with them.  Seeing a classmate that they all knew was disabled arrested and led away in handcuffs sends quite an ugly message to every child in that grade and to any other autistic or Asperger’s child in the school.

I think that there’s clear evidence of a need for change.

…and this…

Mr. Hubbard,Please rest assured that my petition signature was authentic.  If I am correct that you were participating in and/or knowledgable of the operation that resulted in the detention of a student with with no notification to his parents, you should be at the very least ashamed of your involvement, and at most prosecuted for unlawful imprisonment and interrogation of a minor.  Unfortunately for the taxpayers of your distict, your prosecution (and paid leave) will most likely come out of their pockets.

If I can assist in the prosecution of you and others involved in this operation, I will offer my services to those affected.  I have plenty of free time and deep resources; if I were you, I would hire a good lawyer because you will need one (or several).

Sincerely,

Thank you for you continued support. We will keep you updated.

2 comments for “YOU got the District’s Attention, They Freak Out

  1. Kelly W
    July 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    My sons are 9 and 11, and one has been diagnosed with educational autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and the other may receive a diagnosis in the fall. Your son’s experience makes my blood boil. I hope you are making complaints to the bar association against any lawyers involved in authorizing this operation. In addition, I wish you all the best in your lawsuit. I hope it results in a decision that rewards you and your son with the resources he needs to receive counseling, educational opportunities and therapies that he needs for a bright future. Please know you are fighting this for thousands of children, not just your son. Help your son understand I, and lots of other moms, dads, and special needs kids think he is a hero. Tell him for me that he is helping other kids like mine and I hope he will grow up to be a hero always, even if the small people at his school think bad things about him. Right now, I have enough evidence against my son’s school district not following his IEP to open an investigation against them. As the new school year starts, they have until October to prove this year will be different. Then I will open an investigation and likely pull my son for homeschool. God bless you and your family.

    • Catherine and Doug Snodgrass
      July 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you Kelly, your words are very kind and greatly appreciated. You and your family have our good wishes.

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