Sometimes it is necessary to file a police report when school districts make bad choices that put your child in danger. Here are a couple of examples when I recommended filing a local police report.
- The school district removes a child from school because they claim his behavior was so disruptive that they did not know what to do. One family had their son removed to a hospital to keep “him safe.” They did this without notifying the parents prior. When the parents finally got to their child in the hospital, he was only partially clothed. The district told the parents they want to outplace him because they can’t handle him at the regular school. They told the parents the specific school they wanted to send him to. The parent wanted a choice in the matter. I recommended they file a police report because the school removed the child without notifying the parents and frightened him by making him ride in an ambulance from his school.
- A staff member at another school district was getting irritated with my client’s son. The staff member went over to the young man, put his hands on his shoulders, and shook him visibly. I recommended filing a police report. The police told the parents that they thought that DCF (Department of Children and Families) should handle it first. I told the parent to go back and insist on filing a report. The police department didn’t want to be bothered, so they passed the buck. I made the parent go back and insist they file a report anyway.
Here are my reasons for recommending these families file police reports: one, to have the offending behavior of the school on public record so that they should be certain that each child (of my clients) will not have a similar occurrence again, lest the districts be in big trouble; and two, to have a police record on file against the school to give my clients leverage to get a more appropriate program for the students.
When there are events like these happening, the school probably does not know how to meet the child’s needs. Districts don’t want to admit that they can’t handle certain kids, and they don’t want to spend more money than necessary, but having documented these events with the police, will often tip the scales in your child’s favor.