Be fair to special needs kids

I do not agree with Tracey Clark that special needs students should be kept at home and teachers should only teach children who cause no disruptions. That would probably be a pretty small class, as I am sure there are as many, if not more, disruptive “typical” students than there are special needs.

I do, in fact, agree with Tracey Clark that teachers do not have an easy task, and would not want the job myself. However, if you choose this profession, take accountability for your actions as any other professional would. I have encountered many magnificent and compassionate teachers and school personnel over the years. The administrators of our school system keep saying more training is needed. Is it not their responsibility to secure the necessary training needed for our teachers? Even special needs students are entitled to their “daily dose of education.”

My 7-year-old autistic grandson attended Jefferson Elementary School. Right from the beginning of this school year, there were issues with the teacher. Meetings were held with the teacher and school administrators to resolve these problems, to no avail. The teacher was, to say the least, uncooperative. The almost-daily drama was difficult for the parents as well as detrimental to the child. The last straw occurred with this teacher returned the check and order form for his school pictures to the parents, stating she had not “allowed” him to purchase the pictures because he would not smile. How discriminating is this? Do you think additional special training would have changed her action or attitude?

The teacher was never, to my knowledge, held accountable for any of her actions or attitude. Finally, my grandson was transferred to another school at the parents’ request. After his transfer, I was so upset over the apparent inability of the school administrators to correct unacceptable behavior in their staff that I wrote of my concerns to the principal of Jefferson, head of the special education department and superintendent of Wood County Schools. The letters were mailed Oct. 12, 2012, and I have received no response from any of the three. I can only assume there was not enough concern to warrant a reply.

Parents of special needs students should not have to constantly fight for their son’s or daughter’s right to an education, or have to resort to media attention to resolve issues.

Melinda Sprouse