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A couple months back we shared this story with you about Hillcrest Elementary School in Turner Falls. They have a “calm down” room, as most elementary schools have, that is used as a temporary place to put out of control children who have become a danger to the rest of the school. Of course it only became a story once this woman:
who of course is from COLRAIN, decided to post it on her Facebook page:
Even though she does not have kids in this school, and does not live in the town of Montague, she still felt it was a good idea to jump to conclusions and get the Facebook lynch mob to go after a bunch of elementary school teachers.
Now in a sane world we would ignore this woman:
Because she is a joke. But since we are not living in a sane world, a lawyer is now involved and he’s going after the school because this woman got the parents of the six year old kid she tutors all fired up about it. This lawyer is now investigating the school, and more than likely he’s gonna go after them with the hope that they settle out of court because it’s cheaper to do that than to litigate. It’s basically how Hector Pineiro makes money, except without drug dealers.
Here’s Western Mass News coverage of the story. Watch the video.
This Mom is blaming the school for the fact that her kid got put in the crazy room. Look, there’s either one of two things that could’ve happened here. Either the kid has special needs that cause him to behave erratically, in which case it is understandable that he acts out and needs to cool down. Or, Mom is your typical 2016 parent who doesn’t hold their kid accountable, gives him whatever he wants, and then expects his school to fix all of her glaring flaws as a parent.
Gun to my head and I am picking option B.
Meanwhile, take a look at this Dad:
Dude is wearing a Bernie button. On TV. Ummmm….why? The election was a month ago. Does he just wear that thing around 24/7 or was it for the cameras? Either way, the fact that he’s a Bernie guy is the least surprising aspect of this story. Kid fucks up and behaves irresponsibly? Blame someone else. That’s the Bernie way. Trust me, Turtleboy voted for Bernie. We can say that and still keep our hippie street cred.
Meanwhile, check out the statement the Mom gave to the media:
“From this innocent little boy that I took and spent so much time in. His toddler years and baby years. To put him into something like that– it ruined a lot.”
You spent so much time in him? What does that even mean? You mean “spent time on?” This woman can’t even put a sentence together because she’s hungry for a payday. And if she spent this much “time in” her son, and he’s still acting up in class, then I would say she’s failed as a parent. Unless of course this kid has some sort of special needs, in which case she should obviously be sympathetic towards the teachers and understand that they will follow the guidelines that his IEP dictates.
Meanwhile, here’s what the Dad of the other kid said:
“The amount of psychological impact that could have on a 5 or 6 year old long term is immeasurable in my eyes. Hard floor, no rug, white concrete walls with pencil drawings on it, very bare fluorescent light, and it had a little blue mat in the corner,” said Killian’s father, Chris Hughes.
Psychological impact? Oh yea, because this guy right here is a doctor:
First of all, he said, “un-measurable” not “immeasurable,” because this numbnuts obviously has a very limited grasp of the English language. But he’s definitely qualified to talk about psychological issues. Sure, it looks like he hasn’t showered in days and that pullover he’s got on has probably never been washed (which is why the Bernie button still hangs). But don’t let him fool you, this guy is a clinically trained doctor.
This honestly wasn’t what I was expecting from a Dad. But then again it’s Turner Falls. This is what Turner Falls looks like:
Basically it’s a depressing, run down mill town that used to house immigrants who wouldn’t complain about working 70 hours a week and coming home with the plague. But now it’s filled with runaway shopping carts, boarded up buildings, run down homes, Bernie signs, and broken dreams. Could be worse though. You could live in Colrain.
This guy looks like the poster child for Turner Falls. He look likes he works at the envelope factory and spends his free time drinking dollar drafts on his saved bar stool at the local tavern. I would’ve bet my milk money that he’d be the last guy in town to whine about a harmless room like this:
But then again, there’s a big payday at the end of this rainbow and he probably realizes that this could be his ticket out of Turner Falls. This would explain why he tossed on the Bernie button and pretended to be a doctor for the cameras. If he plays his cards right he could be living in Deerfield by September.
Of course the trashy Franklin County rag known as the Greenfield Recorder (the same classless newspaper that printed the fabricated accounts of two idiots from Orange who blamed the Orange FD for not saving two little girls in a fire) has sided with the hippie parents of the out of control kids. They interviewed one mother of a six year old who spent some time in the room:
According to his mother, Landon has a history of behavioral issues. At age 3, he would clench his fists and pull out his hair out of frustration when he was having trouble expressing himself. Over the last few years, the aggressive behavior simmered down, but when first grade rolled around, new issues bubbled up. He stopped talking.
The school’s calm-down room only made matters worse, she said. She thinks her son’s acting out and self-injury at school was a result of his experience in the room. “I don’t believe that they should use it at all.”
Jesus freaking Christ!! Your kid is pulling his hair out because he’s having trouble “expressing himself??” What kind of hippie nonsense is that? Hey lady, your kid is pulling his hair out because he’s in need of serious psychological help, but instead of giving him that you’re telling him that he’s expressing himself. Then you sent him into a regular ed classroom because you’re in denial that your kid isn’t regular ed, and he started to become a threat to his teacher and the rest of the kids in the class, so OBVIOUSLY he couldn’t remain there while he was behaving like this. Because other kids have a right to a safe learning environment too. Believe it or not the world does not revolve around YOUR kid, who you seem to have no control over.
And remember that parent from above? Here’s what she claims happened to her son:
York said she realizes the importance of crisis intervention spaces, but disapproves of how the room is equipped and used at Hillcrest. She thinks teachers should play music in the space, give the children some soft books to look at, or give them pictures to flip through.
Soft books? Music? Safe spaces? How bout teachers teach instead?? Or should everyone else stop learning until your out of control kid stops having a hissy fit?
Her son also has behavioral issues, but she said school administrators didn’t know how to deal with her son’s episodes. Sometimes he would run from the classroom, and even from the building. She said they used the room to push her son aside, effectively depriving him of a full education.
Wait….what?? Her kid was running from the building like he’s Forest Gump?? And she has a problem with them taking him and putting him in an isolated area? I’m sorry, were they supposed to let him run away and get eaten by bears? Because he’d probably make a nice snack for the bears up there.
And see that part where she says the school is “depriving him of a full education?” That right there is everything that is wrong with America right now. Her kid is out of control and running away from the building, and here she is blaming the school for depriving him of an education. Ummm, lady, your kid was offered a full education, but he literally ran away from it. Several times.
Her little angel has apparently had a bunch of trips to this room:
Another nurse’s report, dated Nov. 19, states that Landon hit his head on the door of the calm-down room, then complained of a headache. On Nov. 30, a new report said that Landon hit his head on the wall and had a small bump on the center of his forehead. When the nurse tried to apply a cold compression to his head, he threw the ice pack on the ground.
So this kid, who is obviously extremely dangerous, is acting crazy in class. So they put him in this room and he starts intentionally hurting himself. What are the teachers supposed to do? Restrain him? Allow themselves to be physically attacked? No. You just have to put him in there until he calms the fuck down. Then the nurse tries helping him out by giving him an ice pack and the little dooshnozzle in training throws it on the ground. Awesome parenting job right there. I guess it’s not surprising really since his mother has trained him that nothing is ever his fault.
The bottom line is that we have special schools for kids like this. A lot of kids do have behavioral disabilities and they need a separate, non-traditional setting. But please, stop trying to put a square peg in a round hole. If the kid is crazy, he can’t be in a regular ed classroom. Come to terms with the fact that your kid isn’t like the other kids and try to make the best of it, instead of living in fantasy land and demanding that teachers become miracle workers.
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