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Friday, September 17, 2010

It's tough being a special needs dad...

As evidenced in the following story. Found this via Lucianne.com at www.abcnews.go.com;

Authorities arrested a central Florida father Thursday after he boarded a school bus and reportedly threatened students who were allegedly bullying his daughter.

James Jones' raw and obscene rage was on caught on the school bus' security camera.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and disturbing a school function in Lake Mary, Fla.

The video is blurred but Jones' anger is clear.

"Everybody sit down. Everybody sit down," Jones said on the surveillance tape.

He then orders his 11-year-old daughter to point out her alleged tormentors. "Show me which one. Show me which one," he said.

Jones confronts the middle school students he says have been bullying his daughter who has cerebral palsy by taunting, hitting and even throwing condoms at her.

"I'm gonna (expletive) you up.&this is my daughter, and I will kill the (expletive) who fought her," Jones said.

Jones reportedly threatened not only the students but the bus driver as well.

"If anything happens to my daughter I'm going to (expletive) you up and everybody on this (expletive)," he said.

Before leaving, he dares them to call the police. "You call the police, call them. My brother's the damn deputy sheriff."

Parent Protecting his Daughter?

School officials contacted the law enforcement authorities and Jones was arrested.

Jones defended his actions after being released on bail. "My daughter is not going to be hazed and beat up and touched on like what they've done, ok," he said. Sadiki Alexander, Jones' attorney, said the father of two was simply trying to protect his child.

"This young lady has been bullied since the first day of school. This is a new school for her. It was an overwhelming experience. She's currently on suicide watch because of this matter. So we would just ask everyone to reserve judgment," Alexander said.

Police are also investigating the alleged bullies -- seventh grade students. They could face charges of their own.

(End of story. My comments follow.)

I sympathize with this father. When you have special needs kids one of life's facts is that you will never be able to protect them from all the shit they encounter due to their disabilities. Opportunities missed, problems overlooked can make you lose a lot of sleep and when you catch some shithead messing with your kid you go nuclear. Been there, done that, fortunately the police weren't involved.

This guy's anger got the best of him, he should have contacted advocates for special needs kids and had them in tow when he went to the school about this problem. If that had to happen some time after initially finding out about the abuse, then he or his wife should have taken over the chore of getting their daughter to school until the problem was resolved.

He easily could have had someone's ass.

I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing this man did. Under the right circumstances let me see either one of my two boys or their sister getting shit on while an adult (in this case the bus driver) ignores things and all concerned would know that "Daddy" is not happy.

The man deserves a break on this one. The video from the bus camera shows a type of bus like the ones I took to school. All the bus driver had to do on them was glance in his rear view mirror to make sure the little darlings were behaving. With the behavior mentioned in the article, how could he NOT know something was going on? The damned driver is at fault, he was the adult on the scene. Letting a crippled kid get shit on is unacceptable. What kind of man does that?

Please don't tell me about aggressive kids frightening the driver. My wife's friend is a bus driver, when she takes all 5'1" of her skinny ass on board SHE is in charge! So there is no excuse for the driver ignoring the shenanigans of his passengers to save his own ass.

I hope the dad gets off on this one and comes back to successfully sue the school. He's got the law on his side, the current federal statutes dictate that the school HAS to provide a safe learning environment for special needs kids. If that can't happen the district has to provide for alternatives such as private tutors.

Okay, I'm off the soap box.


9 comments:

Rick said...

I can understand the father. He might have thought that going through the channels will lead nowhere, so he went directly after the culprits to stop the abuse. He was good for not hitting the bastards. I commend his for that.

Subvet said...

Rick, yeah you have to admire his restraint there. And having had to deal with our local school administration in regards to our own two boys, I can understand where a man would think it necessary to take personal action.

WomanHonorThyself said...

its a tough call but so easy to understand ..Blessed weekend my friend!!:)

Most Rev. Gregori said...

That father did ask the school principal to do something, but apparently he was ignored, so he took the bull by the horns went to the source and gave them a 'what-for'.

When my sons were growing up, if anyone, ANYONE, tried to screw with them, I would have given the aggressor a very meaningful attitude adjustment.

Arby said...

I empathize with the dad. There is a reason why we've never allowed our children to ride a school bus. The kids on the bus act like they own the bus and can behave with impunity. Unfortunately, the dad will get punished, and the children on the bus will receive the message that they can continue with the same behavior that brought the man on the bus to begin with.

Arby said...

And regardless of the trouble he gets into, I hope this father NEVER drops the level of protection for his daughter that he showed in his actions on the bus.

Subvet said...

WHT, very easy to understand. Especially if you've got some special needs kids of your own.

Rev. Gregori, hopefully by now enough folks who know about advocacy groups for special needs kids have contacted the man. I'm sure since this went national he AND that school have gotten a lot of attention!

Arby, from the video I'd say he's a long way from losing that attitude and good for him!

MightyMom said...

Okay I guess they could make a point about the language....but DAMN!! I just wanna shake the man's hand! You're right hon. Totally on the driver....totally! But you're being generous to Nona......she's only 4'11". You'd better believe no one pulls shit on her bus!!!!!!

MightyMom said...

Okay I guess they could make a point about the language....but DAMN!! I just wanna shake the man's hand! You're right hon. Totally on the driver....totally! But you're being generous to Nona......she's only 4'11". You'd better believe no one pulls shit on her bus!!!!!!

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