The Judge Has Ruled, VICTORY!!!

Over a month ago, we first brought this story to the public’s attention in hopes of exposing what believe to be the abuse that our son has received at the hands of various authority figures.

.

In December, 2012, a teenager went to his public school, much like any other day. The boy was an autistic special education student, who is significantly learning disabled and on a regimen of prescription medications for a number of psychiatric disorders. That day, the boy’s parents began to worry when he did not come home after school.What the parents did not know was that early on that morning, armed police officers had entered the boy’s classroom, handcuffed him, and had taken him away to be interrogated without a call to his parents or any attorney, then locked up for several days.

The boy is our son.

There were two components at play – the criminal and the educational.

On the criminal side, a judge ruled, in January, that our son’s case will be dismissed after 6 months with no finding of guilt.

On the educational side, the district decided to move forward with an attempt to permanently expel our son from all of their district schools. We filed an expedited due process hearing to force the district to return our son to his school, which is what he strongly desires. There were two issues to be decided in the hearing, and the closing arguments were delivered on February 22.

On Friday, we received the judge’s decision, and our son has prevailed on both issues.Read more

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 Education meetings.  

Read more

Our Autistic Son was Handcuffed and Arrested in School, We Were Not Notified

In December, 2012, a teenager went to his public school, much like any other day. The boy was an autistic special education student, who is significantly learning disabled and on a regimen of prescription medications for a number of psychiatric disorders. That day, the boy’s parents began to worry when he did not come home after school.

What the parents did not know was that early on that morning, armed police officers had entered the boy’s classroom, handcuffed him, and had taken him away to be interrogated without a call to his parents or any attorney, then locked up for several days.

The boy is our son.
The police action at the school was part of a “sting operation”, which was secretly brought into local school district classrooms, with the assistance of key school administrators. Their goal was “identifying and purchasing illegal drugs from persons dealing”.

The problem is, our son is not and never was a drug dealer.

There were plenty of news articles about how the sheriff’s department heroically took down the 22-student “drug ring, with a picture of a kid being led away in handcuffs. The kid in the picture is our son.

And of course, the district was happy to tout their zero tolerance policy to the press, though zero tolerance has its fair share of critics, especially as relates to minorities and students with disabilities.

Many have linked the growth of the pipeline to zero-tolerance policies that removed educators’ discretion over how to properly respond to student misbehavior.

Read more

Stunning Claim Alleges School Used 8th Grader as “Bait” in Secret Drug Sting

The administration of the Temecula Valley Unified School District is reeling from a new jaw-dropping allegation that can now be revealed.

A Temecula middle school assistant principal recruited a special education student to pose as “bait” in an on-campus drug sting despite his parents’ objections, according to a claim for damages filed against the school district this week.[…]

The boy’s mother said an assistant principal concocted a plan last semester to have her son help catch a fellow student who was suspected of selling marijuana on campus. The assistant principal instructed the boy to ask the student for marijuana and said she would secretly watch the transaction.

When the boy went home that day, he told his mother about it. The whole thing sounded so outrageous that, at first, she thought he was joking, the mother said.

[…]

The mother said she called the school that day. The assistant principal told her that they needed her son’s help to catch a student believed to be selling drugs.

“I said, ‘No, absolutely not. That’s not my family’s problem … Don’t you involve my son,’” the mother recalled.

Despite the mother’s clear objections, the school proceeded with their sting operation the next day and the special needs student, who had been “deputized” by the administration, was pressured into participating, as planned. After he received marijuana from the student who was the target in the sting, the assistant principal jumped in and the sheriff’s department was called.

It is interesting to note that the the incident reported above happened on a day that was remarkably close to the day our son was arrested.… Read more