The High Cost of Abuse

Last week, the Press Enterprise reported that a six-figure settlement was reached in a lawsuit against TVUSD over a drug sting. This was not the lawsuit that we’re involved in, which is still moving forward to trial, but an entirely separate case that we have been aware of from early on.

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The Notice of Claim that was received by TVUSD on May 7, 2013, includes the following narrative of the event.

School administrators of (redacted) Middle School intentionally and/or negligently in derogation of the law placed minor, (redacted), an eighth grader, special education student at (redacted), in danger/harm’s way by “deputizing” and involving him in an unlawful school directed drug sting operation on the (redacted) campus on December 5, 2015. The day before the unsanctioned “drug sting” (redacted), the minor’s mother, upon learning from her son that the administration was going to use him as “bait” the next day in an attempted drug sting devised to expel a suspected drug dealing student on campus, specifically spoke to (redacted), the Assistant Vice Principal. In this conversation, (the minor’s mother) told (the Assistant Vice Principal) that the school did not have her and her husband’s permission to use their son in such a manner.

Despite advising (redacted) administration that they did not want their son involved in this illegal school fabricated drug sting, these administrators, against the parents’ wishes, went ahead with their operation the next day (December 5, 2012).

It is interesting to note that the the incident happened only six days before the Operation Glass House arrests, when our son and 21 other students were arrested, 9 who were Special Education. What an incredible coincidence. And the 14-year-old who was used as “bait” was a Special Education student…we’re noticing a pattern here.

The Press Enterprise article reports that, after the lawsuit was filed, TVUSD officials contended that this master plan was the 14-year-old student’s idea. This seems laughable on its face, but if this was true, it would be even more ludicrous. It’s frightening to picture a conversation where a middle school kid approaches a TVUSD administrator with this scheme, and the administrator says, “great idea – let’s do it!” 

This school district finds itself in perpetual special education-related litigation. But instead of taking responsibility for this culture of abuse, it appears that they behave like stereotypical abusers in blaming the young victims and their families.

And we believe that anyone who defends this type of behavior, enables the abuse.

In the end though, it’s more evidence that despite some exceptional staff, the TVUSD brass just doesn’t seem to like special ed kids.

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