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Here’s an interesting story out of the lovely city of Fall River:
Cidalia Vitorino made good on her promise to try to ensure that what happened to her son during a winter concert at Spencer Borden Elementary School last December doesn’t happen to any other Fall River Public Schools student who has a disability. She brought the matter to the attention of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
Officials from OCR’s Region 1 office in Boston wrote to Vitorino last week, saying in a letter dated May 25 that “based on the information you provided in your complaint and supporting documentation, and in a telephone interview with OCR staff … OCR has determined that the allegation is appropriate for investigation.”
During Spencer Borden’s winter concert last December, Vitorino’s son, Camron Silva, was singing with his fifth-grade classmates. However, he was not on stage with his fellow vocalists. Instead, he sang from the floor of the school’s cafeteria/auditorium, in front of the stage and nowhere near his classmates. Silva is unable to walk and needs a motorized wheelchair to move around. But getting him on stage should not have been a problem, as the stage is wheelchair-accessible, Vitorino said.
“My issue is, it shouldn’t have happened to him, or any other student,” she said. “The only reason he wasn’t on stage was because of the wheelchair.”
Vitorino added that it’s a matter which should have been corrected between songs.
But “none of the adults corrected it. And they’re basically showing students it’s OK to do that. It wasn’t a big deal to leave him off the stage. … You’re teaching kids it’s OK to discriminate.
“I think that’s what’s important to me,” Vitorino said.
In the OCR letter, officials described the process to follow: “During the investigation, OCR is a neutral fact-finder, collecting and analyzing relevant evidence from the complainant, the recipient, and other sources, as appropriate.”
The letter also notes that even though the complaint is now under investigation, that “in no way implies that OCR has made a determination with regard to their merits.”
“They’ll come, take a look and see, ask questions, see why that happened,” Vitorino said. “I hope they can get some information, interviews, that way it can be addressed on a more public platform. I hope it will help other students.”
Alright, so first of all, Turtleboy has all the respect in the world for mothers of handicapped children such as this woman. Their jobs are tremendously harder than most parents, and the sacrifices they make elevate them in our book 110%. Accommodations should obviously be made whenever possible to ensure that handicapped kids like this have access to things that they are entitled by law to receive. If a ramp was there then this kid should have been put on stage so he wasn’t cast off to the side like this. The picture is sad, and the school owed everyone the apology that they delivered. If I was this kid’s parent, I’d be saddened and pissed off about it too.
With that being said, it seems like this could have probably been handled differently by Mom. The school issued an apology, and I’m sure they didn’t have any ill will when they did this. From what other parents tell us who were there, the principal was just trying to get one class in after another as quickly as possible. It doesn’t make it right, but mistakes happen and all you can do is apologize for it.
Instead Mom is doing this:
The whole thing lasted a few minutes and now it’s LITERALLY a federal case. Even the Huffington Post shit on the school. The federal government of the United States of America is investigating a school in Fall River because of a five minute song at a Christmas concert. Maybe, just MAYBE, this could’ve been used as a teachable moment. The kid was wronged, no doubt about it. But instead of training him to be a victim, couldn’t Mom have just, I dunno, told him that he was down in front because he was the star vocalist? Isn’t the lead singer usually in a different spot than the rest of the chorus? That’s what I would’ve done.
And here’s another thing – Mom has a past history of shitting on teachers:
See, that’s a red flag right there. First of all, you’re living in Fall River. You’re gonna have kids who come from messed up homes. And since teachers and guidance counselors are mandated reporters, it’s their job to play it safe by getting DSS involved whenever they think something might be up. Would you prefer they just ignore warning signs because it might offend some loud mouthed parent on Facebook? Do we not have enough kids getting molested, beaten, and neglected in America? Sorry, but your feelings don’t matter when it comes to child safety.
Secondly, she’s shitting on the guidance counselor for being alone in the room with a kid? Ummmm, what planet is she living on where a guidance counselor can’t be alone in the room with a kid? I thought that was the whole point of a guidance counselor – to give individual guidance to kids. What was the counselor doing with that kid? Probably providing counsel. Because that’s what she or he is paid to do. And yes, the fact that he or she is a guidance DOES mean that they should be trusted with kids. Because to get that job it means they’ve undergone an intense series of background checks, including CORI and fingerprinting. If you don’t like that, then you are free to home school your kids.
It’s stuff like this that leads me to believe that Mom likes to make a mountain out of a molehill. Always quick to jump on teachers and principals instead of working with them to resolve situations. And now she’s got all the other Moms fired up:
You told your kid not to speak with the guidance counselor without Mom or Dad present? Yea, that seems like a normal thing to do.
Plus, if you check out her Facebook page it’s just a never ending sea of complaints about everything:
And every once in a while she sprinkles in a story about how great of a person she is for helping the homeless:
I don’t trust anyone who goes out of their way to tell the world about the great things they did for a homeless guy. It’s like she did it so she could tell the whole world about how she did it.
Anyway, this woman is clearly a better Mom than 90% of Moms out there. She cares about her kid and fights for him, which is what we need more of in society. But what we need less of is teaching our kids to always be offended, and to literally make a federal case out of something that can best be resolved when cooler heads prevail. Just sayin.
P.S. There’s a school in Fall River called Spencer Borden? Ya know your city has some problems when the most famous family was hacked to death by one of the daughters.
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