I know I’ve written about our struggles with the Midd-West school district before. It was pre-autism diagnosis, but we still had A diagnosis, no 504, no IEP, and MANY MANY issues. Suffice it to say that my now 5th grader is still scarred from the bullying he endured in Kindergarten and 1st grade in that school district. I was never so glad as a parent to get military orders and move.
That’s why it was really no surprise to me when an allergy group I belong to on Facebook posted a news story about that district allegedly (since the case is ongoing) not keeping an allergic child safe. I don’t know the family involved, nor the details other than printed in the news story. I only know what our family endured. If I overlay our experience with the news article, and make my own inferences, add them to the story from 18 months ago when a student thought life was so hopeless from the bullying in the Midd-West school district that he committed suicide, I can only surmise that school is most likely once again negligent. Negligence is their M.O.
Bullying is NOT kids being kids, and food allergies ARE a real health concern. I just don’t understand what’s so hard for schools to do what’s right by our kids in keeping them safe. I don’t know how many more children will have to die before more schools take these issues seriously.