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Part 11: A father’s cry for his son Re: failure of a Delaware charter school promise #netde #edude

The Game Of Puppets

Chapter 10: of the Monday meeting, the conditions, google, and the all-nighter

A Game Of Puppets Fact #19: On the day of Jon’s Monday meeting, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke off their engagement.  Many fans reportedly knew the end was coming because Miley had unfollowed Liam on Twitter.  Some fans cried.

A Game Of Puppets Fact #20: REDACTED

Monday morning arrived, and Jon and his parents drove to the school.  They waited in the lobby, and in attendance were Sir Yosemite, Sir Lancelot, Miss Storm, and Miss Interpretation.  They all sat down in the same conference room they had been in many times before.  Sir Yosemite explained that they were all there for Jon, and he wanted to start off with everybody introducing themselves.  Everyone did.  He then indicated “This meeting will be civil” as his voice became very serious.  Jon’s mother said “So does that mean you won’t yell at me like you did on the phone Friday?”  Sir Yosemite’s face turned bright red, and he pounded his fist on the table, and loudly declared “This meeting is over.   Your son is suspended for three days, and when he returns on Thursday a policeman will be waiting for him.”  Everyone in the room was in a state of shock.  Jon’s father asked “Do I need to get an attorney?”, to which Sir Yosemite responded “You do that!”  Miss Interpretation asked to speak with Jon’s mother while everyone else left the room.  While Jon and his father waited outside the conference room, Miss Storm ran to Sir Yosemite and said “Calm down Sir, do you need water?”  Jon’s father looked in and he was afraid Sir Yosemite was going to have a heart attack.

Jon’s mother came out of the room with Miss Interpretation and said “The meeting’s over.”  Jon’s mother was furious.  She looked at Jon and said “Okay, I guess we can go to the beach today.”  Sir Lancelot looked at her and said “Yeah, cause that will solve the problem.  Your son made terroristic threats and you want to take him to the beach.”  Jon’s mother explained that her son was just suspended for three days and no schoolwork was given to him at all.  She also explained what Jon said was not a terroristic threat.  Jon’s parents had experience in the past with those types of threats from a neighbor in California, so they had researched the laws on terroristic threats.  Sir Lancelot said the work would be ready the next day.

Jon’s mother had to attend a work meeting, but Jon and his father went home.  Jon’s father was frantically pacing around the house wondering what to do next.  He remembered the email he had sent to Lady Kathryn the previous May, and he indicated what he would do the next time his son was suspended without a Manifestation Determination being done.  So he called the King Of Charters at the Kingdom of Del state office.  The King explained he couldn’t do anything until Jon’s father had gone to the school board first.  Jon’s father emailed The Board, and a few hours later he received a response that they weren’t getting involved.  Jon called the school and requested copies of all Jon’s behavioral records.  They indicated it would take a week or so to get them all together. 

Jon’s mother returned home later that afternoon, and they talked for hours about what they should do next.  She explained what happened in the room with Miss Interpretation when they were by themselves.  Jon’s mother was working under the assumption Miss Interpretation was a licensed psychologist, but she explained to her that she was not.  The two went back and forth about the need for Jon to take responsibility and how his parents weren’t letting him.  She tried telling Jon’s mother she didn’t know the law, but Jon’s mother explained that she did. 

After Jon’s family had dinner, they received an email from Miss Interpretation.  The letter had Sir Lancelot and Sir Yosemites’ names on it, but it wasn’t signed.  It was a letter indicating what had happened prior to the meeting that morning.  Jon’s parents were horrified when they read this part: “He then left the cafeteria and hid in the lockers.  He spent approximately half an hour wedge between the lockers and the wall while Sir Yosemite and Miss Interpretation sat in the hallway to prevent him from leaving.  He was angry and yelled that he was being trapped.”  The letter went on to say since the incidents another picture had been found “showing a boy shooting another boy in the head” (Having seen this picture recently in a records review, it looks like a comicbook super villain shooting a ray gun at a superhero with water powers who dissolves into water).  The school was now requiring six items in order for Jon to return to school.  1) Mental Health documentation provided insuring Jon wasn’t a risk to himself or others, 2) Parent meeting is completed to discuss Jon’s behavior and the need for his compliance with the code of conduct, 3) Interview with police officer so that Jon understands the legal issues related to threatening and aggressive behavior toward others, 4) Behavior plan is implemented, 5) Letters of apology to Miss Chekhov (teacher on playground), Miss Byrne (para in cafeteria), Miss Nada, Miss Interpretation, and Sir Yosemite, 6) Written commitment to follow the school rules signed by Jon.  The letter also said Jon had to receive a mental health evaluation and a signed release for open communication between the mental health professional and the school.

Jon’s parents were speechless.  They knew several things at this point.  Once Jon signed any behavior contract, and anything happened, he would either be expelled or brought before the Board with a reccomendation to be expelled.  As well, they weren’t sure the school could require a mental health evaluation and open communication based on current laws.  They also knew meeting with a police officer would give Jon more anxiety than they had ever seen.  What concerned them the most was the barbaric treatment Jon experienced by Miss Interpretation and Sir Yosemite at that charter school in the County of Kent on that horrible Friday the 13th.  How could two adults let a child, screaming that he was trapped, stay in that situation?  It seemed inhumane to them, so they called the local police and wanted to press charges.  The officer advised they wouldn’t be able to do that, but he also said Jon did not use terroristic threats against Sir Yosemite. 

Jon’s father was on the computer when it finally hit him.  He remembered that Miss Interpretation had lost her psychology license when she was Miss Perspective.  He googled her and found many items about the issue.  He showed Jon’s mother and they were both shocked.  Jon’s father stayed up the whole night to find out more about Jon’s anger and the situations with the school.  He found several webpages dedicated to rage storms, and how children with Tourette’s and other co-morbid conditions can have these.  They are not rage attacks, but more when things build up quickly. 

The next morning, Jon’s father went to see the King Of Charters.  He explained to the King everything that had been happening with Jon.  He left out no details.  He watched as the King showed many shocked looks on his face.  He showed him the email from the school.  The King noted the letter wasn’t signed, and he would need that.  He also said he would consult with the departments of special education and discipline and he would get back to him in one to two days.  Jon’s father went back to the school to get a hard copy of the letter.  He spoke with Sir Yosemite and he agreed to provide a copy of the letter.  He had to walk to Miss Interpretation’s office to get it.  Jon’s father also received a letter from Sir Yosemite outlining the school’s costs for obtaining records.  It was $60 an hour, and 15 cents a page for each copy.  It was starting to seem to Jon’s father that Jon may not have been the only one with anger issues.  He also asked if he could pick up Jon’s schoolwork but Sir Yosemite smiled at Jon’s father and said “No, you can come back at noon as we agreed.”  Jon’s father came back at 1pm and asked if he could also get Jon’s things from his locker.  The school agreed, and while he was getting the items, he went to the end of the hall and saw the space between the end of the lockers and the wall.  He looked down the other end of the hall and Sir Lancelot was just standing there watching him.

Jon’s father went to Dr. V’s to get a prescription refill, and while he was there Dr. V asked to speak to him.  He asked how Jon was doing, and Jon’s father filled him in on the events since Jon was there a few days before.  Dr. V looked visibly upset and said the school didn’t get it.  He said these were classic symptoms of his disorder.  He said “his actions were a direct result of his medical conditions and the school is not recognizing this”.  He was concerned about Jon.  Jon had been on Metadate for about four months, and Dr. V didn’t like the way Jon was acting.  He recommended a medicine called Abilify, and said it would help Jon’s mood.  Jon’s father had read about a similar medicine the night before, and Dr. V explained it was in the same family as the other one.  He said the side effects for Abilify weren’t as bad.  Jon’s parents agreed to try the Abilify. 

While Jon’s father was running around town, Jon’s mother was doing her part at home.  Jon was playing with some friends who were home that day, so Jon’s mother called The Tourette’s Syndrome Association to get advice.  As a result of that advice, Jon’s mother got REDACTED. 

The next morning, Jon’s parents received a call from REDACTED.  REDACTED.  REDACTED.   REDACTED.  So Jon’s father got a letter from Dr. V for Jon to be put on homebound instruction for six weeks.  He explained to the King of Charters what their plan was, and the King said the school had to honor it if a doctor requested it.  Jon’s father REDACTED.  They also REDACTED.  As a result, Jon’s father hand delivered the homebound instruction letter to the school, made sure the receptionist read it and understood it, and then she gave it to Sir Yosemite.   The next day, Jon spoke with a friend of his from college who was in charge of special education for a school district in the Kingdom of Pa.  He said, based on his experience, he doesn’t usually recommend a parent gets REDACTED, but with what happened with Jon, to REDACTED.  Two days later, the school agreed to the homebound instruction and would schedule it as soon as possible.  That same day, Jon’s father REDACTED.

Jon’s father also received another email from Sir Yosemite indicating a lesser charge for the copies of the behavior records.  It was now only $15 an hour, but still 15 cents a page.  Jon’s father emailed The Board and said that was still a bit out of his price range and he would just review the records at the school’s earliest available time.  Things were a little better for Jon’s Parents once they REDACTED.  But the past eight days had been very surreal and strange for them.  They had a temporary reprieve from that charter school in the County of Kent, but Jon was still very shaken up by what happened.  This was not the last time the school would shock them.

“The edge, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” Hunter S. Thompson 

Jon’s loving father

To be continued 

Delaware Rep Hudson proves she’s ready for the rocking chair re: SB #209 /SA 1

Bill lets state board restrict charter schools Jon Offredo, The News Journal

A bill that received final approval in the General Assembly on Tuesday would allow the Delaware Board of Education to restrict geographic areas, grades and academic emphasis served by charter schools if it’s determined they will affect surrounding districts.

The House gave final passage to the bill on a 24 to 13 vote despite Republican opposition. The measure now awaits Gov. Jack Markell’s signature.

House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson, a Fairthorne Republican, said charter schools are not sapping the resources of local school districts.

“They’re not, and if they were I don’t think the governor and his administration would go for that,” she said.

This is about , SB 209 w/SA 1 Townsend Passed AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS. 

Rep Hudson is CLUELESS ! 

 

Part 10: A father’s cry for his son Re: failure of a Delaware charter school promise #netde #edude

The Game Of Puppets

Chapter 9: of the guarantee, the cookie and the locker, and Jon’s last day at that charter school in the County of Kent

A Game Of Puppets Fact #17: The Centers For Disease Control did a study on Tourette’s Syndrome and found that 79% of kids who have TS also have other co-morbid impairments.  64% have ADHD, 43% have oppositional defiance disorder, 40% have anxiety and 36% have depression.

A Game Of Puppets Fact #18: Friggatriskaidekaphobia is a fear of Friday the 13th.

Jon was about to embark on a new journey at that charter school in the County of Kent.  But he was afraid of history repeating itself.  Jon had started to learn things that all kids with TS do, how to hold back and suppress your tics.  This can be a good and bad thing.  When you hold them back, nobody sees them and you aren’t embarassed.  But that energy has to go somewhere, and for kids like Jon, it will come out eventually.  He explained to his parents that all he really wanted was to have friends.  The night before the first day back was the worst.  Jon didn’t want to go back.  His parents wanted to tell him everything would be okay, but they didn’t know how.  They knew Jon had a brand new teacher, with new kids in his class.  They knew the administration at the school had a complete makeover.  They knew they may get help from unexpected sources.  But they also had to clear the air on old business before they could start anew.

A few days into school, Jon’s father stopped in to see how Jon was doing.  He was in Math at the time, and he was working very hard on problems with measurements.  Jon seemed focused and able to do the work.  When the students got back to Miss Nada’s class, she had all the students come to the carpet for reading time, and Jon stayed at his desk.  Miss Nada said Jon prefers to do that and she was okay with it.

A week after school started, Jon’s parents met with Miss Interpretation, Miss Short, and Miss Storm.  The purpose of the meeting was to put the past in the past and to help determine Jon’s future.  The meeting began with Miss Short apologizing about words said the previous year.  She genuinely meant what she said, and Jon’s father was touched by that.  Jon’s mother shared a video that was done by the Tourette’s Syndrome Association and it spotlighted a teacher from the Kingdom of York helping educators understand what it was like having Tourette’s.  Jon’s mother then explained to the group how Jon did meet the eligibility criteria for an IEP and was once again requesting Jon be given an IEP.  She showed them why and when Tourette’s Syndrome was added into IDEA under the other-health impaired section in 2006.  Miss Interpretation was writing notes down, and Miss Storm indicated that the school hadn’t done right by Jon the previous year.  She said “We will get Jon an IEP.” 

Discussion ensued about anything Jon had in his 504 plan that needed to be followed up on.  First up was the infamous swivel chair.  Jon hadn’t received his swivel chair yet, and Jon’s father noted how when he went to visit Jon, he wasn’t put at the end of the line.  This had been discussed back in 2nd grade due to Jon’s arm movement.  Jon’s parents were assured all the accommodations currently in place would be adhered to as well as getting the IEP going.  Miss Storm wanted Jon to be tested again with the occupational therapist, so Jon’s parents signed a release for that.  Everyone discussed who the safe people would be in the event Jon had a problem and needed to go to someone.  Miss Interpretation said she had noticed Jon’s arms and legs were always out when he would walk down the hall.  Jon’s father volunteered to educate the staff on Tourette’s when he had met the new principal Sir Lancelot.  They both thought it was a good idea and Sir Lancelot thought it could be good to incorporate that training on an already scheduled training on pathogens at an upcoming staff meeting.  Miss Interpretation agreed to order videos from the Tourette’s Syndrome Association for training as well.  Everything right was being done with the exception that nothing was added to the 504 plan. 

A week later, Jon and his parents went to the great children’s hospital in the northern part of the Kingdom of Del.  They met with a psychologist intern, who asked Jon many questions, while another psychologist observed.  Afterwards, they met with Jon’s parents and gave many reccomendations to bring back to the school.  When they got home, Jon’s parents went over them, and they were excellent.  If Jon only had ADHD.  Everything was based on just ADHD, and didn’t take any of Jon’s other disorders into account.  Jon’s mother called them back the next week to reschedule an appointment, but she was waiting to hear back from the psychologist.

Jon was doing well in his classes, a few minor issues here and there.  One day Jon’s father went to the school to have lunch with Jon.  Afterwards, all the children went to the playground for recess.  Jon’s father noticed Jon and a bunch of other kids quickly ran to the back of the playground where some trees made a great hiding place away from all the teachers.  Jon’s father watched as the boys played a game of tag and they would then drag whoever got caught to “jail” in the tree alcove.  He saw the boys carrying sticks and they would swing them.  Nobody got hurt, but Jon’s father saw it as a very dangerous situation, especially since no adult was around to stop anything.  He glanced over at the middle of the playground, and all the teachers in Jon’s grade were sitting there talking, oblivious to the game being played.  Jon’s father went to them after recess and gave them a head’s up on the situation, and they took note of his comments.

The very next day, Jon and his “friend” from previous years were playing a game of tag with a group of other kids.  Jon’s mother had requested the year before that Jon and his “friend” be put in separate classes and for them to be apart at recess.  The school said they would supervise the playground better and watch out for trouble spots.  Jon was bringing his friend to the jail in the trees, and his “friend” jumped on Jon’s back pushing him down.  Jon pushed him off, and then pushed his “friend” into the dirt.  The boy ran off crying to the teachers, but no teacher had seen what happened because they weren’t supervising the students, even though Jon’s father had told them about it 24 hours previously.  The “friend” went to the nurse, and Jon was told to go to the office.  Jon ran away from the teacher, so Miss Interpretation was called out to try to handle Jon.  Jon ran away from her as well.  She eventually caught up to him, and according to Jon, she grabbed his arm and dragged him to the office.  He said it hurt a lot, so he called her mean and said she couldn’t do that to him and he was going to have her arrested.  By the time Jon got into the office, he kicked the chair.  As any parent of a Tourette’s child could understand, Jon had reached the point of no return.  Jon was told he was going home, and he then said “I’m going to kill myself” and started hitting his head with his hands.  Eventually he met with Sir Lancelot, and he told him that he couldn’t do this to him because he has Tourette’s Syndrome.  Sir Lancelot hadn’t met Jon before, but he was aware of Jon having Tourette’s. 

Jon’s parents were called, and they both rushed to the school.  They met with Sir Lancelot and were told what happened.  Jon’s mother explained about the many problems Jon and his “friend” had over the years.  Jon’s father advised him that he witnessed how bad that area of the playground could get unsupervised and that he spoke with the teachers about it the day before.  Sir Lancelot was more worried about Jon’s comments and actions after the fact.  He told them he needed to know Jon was safe to return to school.  Jon’s father said he would bring Jon to his neurologist immediately and he would let them know what happened based on Dr. V’s observation.  Jon and his father rushed to Dr. V’s office, and explained the situation.  They waited and waited, and Jon’s father noticed Jon was hungry and scared.  An hour after they had arrived, Dr. V had determined Jon was safe to go back to school the next day, and wrote a note indicating that.  Jon’s father brought the note to Sir Lancelot at an open house for parents that same night, and he told Jon’s father the note was sufficient.

Jon’s father got called in to substitute teach for Spanish the next day.  It was also a Friday the 13th, which should have been a bad omen from the start.  Jon’s father dropped Jon off to his class, and another boy told his father that it wasn’t Jon’s fault from the day before.  Jon’s father stopped to get the sub notes for the day and he spoke with the school health teacher.  She advised Jon’s father how Jon hadn’t finished an assignment and she was concerned.  It was a page with many questions.  He advised her of the accommodation in Jon’s 504 plan where Jon didn’t have to complete every single problem on worksheets.  She said she wasn’t aware of that.  Jon’s father taught the first class, and afterwards he had a break, so he went out for some coffee. 

When he got back, Miss Interpretation had been looking for him.  He met up with her and she told Jon’s father that Jon had drawn a disturbing picture while sitting at his desk during reading time.  She showed Jon’s father a picture of a man with a gun pointing it at an unknown figure.  She told Jon’s father this was unacceptable and Jon was suspended that day because of the fight.  She said she had just spoken with Jon’s mother and she had hung up on her.  I advised her of the doctor’s note and that Sir Lancelot said everything was okay.  She said it wasn’t, and the school had up to two days to determine a punishment.  I explained the other child jumped on Jon and he was just defending himself.  She said Jon has to take responsibility for his actions.  The other boy was suspended as well.  Miss Interpretation asked Jon’s father if he thought Jon didn’t have to take responsibility for his actions.  Jon’s father said “Not all the time”.  He explained that with Jon’s condition he won’t always make the right choices and that it is a neurobiological disorder.  She explained that Jon has to learn to be able to take responsibility or he will wind up in a bad place when he is older.  Jon’s father tried to explain to her that Jon wasn’t at that point yet.  She cut him off before he could explain and said Jon’s mother had said the same thing and that she was working when she hung up on her  Jon’s father asked to speak with Sir Lancelot. 

Sir Lancelot, Miss Interpretation and Jon’s father sat in his office, and he said Jon had to be suspended because of the fight.  Jon’s father asked why he hadn’t told him that the night before and he said because he was more worried about Jon’s safety for himself and others.  He said the student handbook had that rule in it.  He then asked Jon’s father if he had ever given any thought, with all of Jon’s problems there, about having Jon go to a different school.  Jon’s father was furious.  This was what they wanted he thought.  He told Sir Lancelot he preferred not to answer that question.  He made an arrangement, based on the fact that he was subbing at their school that day and Jon’s mother had meetings, that Jon serve his suspension the next Tuesday to which everyone agreed. 

Jon’s father went back to subbing, and after he finished the next class he went to the special services department and Miss Storm told him Jon was going to have a meeting with the occupational therapist the next Monday.  He went to say hi to Jon at lunch.  Jon explained to his father that he was so hungry.  Because Jon was in the next grade up, he went to lunch a little bit later than he had in prior years.  Jon’s father went to the next class, and about halfway through the class, Sir Lancelot came running in to speak with Jon’s father.  He told him that Jon was missing.  Jon’s father said to find him and let him know what was going on as he couldn’t just leave the class he was responsible for.  About twenty minutes later, Sir Lancelot came back and told Jon’s father they found him.  He said he would take care of the class and brought in another sub.  Jon’s father walked down the hall, and turned left to see the most bizarre sight of his life.  Sitting down in the hallway were Miss Interpretation, who was calmly eating a sandwich, and the new head of school, Sir Yosemite.  Jon’s father heard Jon’s voice, but he couldn’t make out where it was.  He yelled out “Jon, where are you?”  Jon cried to be let out and that he just wanted to go to recess.  At the end of the lockers there was a small space between the last locker and the wall.  Jon’s father ran down, and there was Jon, crouched into the small space, crying hysterically that he wanted to get out.  Jon’s father reached out his hand while the other two adults continued to sit there.  After a few minutes, Jon came out.  Jon’s father asked what happened.

Miss Interpretation explained how Jon had made a mess in the cafeteria, and when he was asked to clean it up he said no and that he just wanted to eat.  He was told to stay after lunch to help clean up the cafeteria and told to go to another table.  Jon complied, and other students started making fun of him.  Miss Interpretation had been called in to once again deal with Jon, and she told Jon that if he didn’t clean up the mess he would be suspended.  Again.  Jon was getting hammered at this point.  He was hungry, getting teased, and once again he was threatened with the danger of suspension.  He ran off again, feeling overwhelmed and embarrassed.  His teacher had found him and Jon wanted to go to recess, but he was told no.  That was when Jon ran to the lockers and Miss Interpretation came, and then Sir Yosemite.  Jon’s parents later found out that Jon had dropped a cookie.  As well, he was wedged into that small confined space for half an hour, screaming to get out, while Sir Yosemite and Miss Interpretation sat there.  The only face Jon could see was Sir Yosemite, for half an hour.  Sir Yosemite did nothing.  Jon’s parents didn’t know Jon was there for thirty minutes until a few days later.

Jon, his father and Sir Yosemite went to the conference room when Jon came out.  Sir Yosemite explained to Jon’s father that this can’t go on.  He suggested everyone come on Monday morning to try to help Jon and determine what to do next.  Jon sat there crying, asking if he could go to recess.  He just didn’t understand.  His father had seen his son in every single type of emotional scenario.  Mad, sad, happy, hyper, obstinate, focused, confused.  The whole nine yards.  But he had never seen him like this.  It was like he had just crawled out of a trench during World War I after a massive bombardment.  He had never looked so lost and afraid.  Jon’s father wanted to cry.  As Jon and his father were walking out, Jon looked at Sir Yosemite and said “I’m going to get revenge on you.”  Sir Yosemite’s face changed and he scowled at Jon.  “That is duly noted,” and he looked at Jon’s father and said “This is why we need to meet on Monday.” 

Jon brought his son home, and Jon’s mother had just gotten off the phone with Sir Yosemite.  Jon’s mother explained she had called him and left a couple messages in regards to no movement on getting Jon’s IEP implemented.  He said he hadn’t received the messages.  He said they all needed to meet about Jon.  Jon’s mother asked Sir Yosemite if he knew about Jon’s Tourette’s.  He said yes.  Jon’s mother asked what he knew about Tourette’s.  He said he knew a lot about it.  Then there was silence, and Jon’s mother heard typing.  He came back and said “In fact, there is a meeting at a church next Wednesday night on Concord Pike.”  Concord Pike was forty miles away.  Jon’s mother told Jon’s father the conversation was very strange.  She asked Sir Yosemite if he was okay, and he started yelling at her and said “You better be there Monday morning” and hung up on her.

 Jon and his father got home and Jon’s mother was told what had occurred that day and a meeting was to be held the next Monday morning with Jon and his parents.  They were required to be there.  While this was going on, Jon’s mother received an email from Miss Storm indicating that the school wanted to see the independent evaluation report from the children’s hospital before they determined if an IEP was warranted.  Miss Storm had spoken with the school psychologist Miss Diagnosis about the IEP request.  Not even a month until school, and they had already gone back on their promise of “Jon will get an IEP”.

Jon had calmed down by this point, and his parents asked him why he said that to Sir Yosemite.  He said he didn’t know.  They asked him if he thought about what that might mean, and he said it just came out.  He didn’t have anything specific in mind, or any idea of what he was saying.  Jon’s father knew Jon had been very upset and he was absolutely sure Jon was in a different place when he said that.  He tried to imagine being confined to a dark, tight area, no more than two feet across.  Sure, Jon put himself there, but he immediately wanted to get out.  Imagine thirty minutes going by, and you are crying and yelling to leave that place, and that you feel trapped.  You are upset about not being able to eat, threatened to be suspended over dropping a cookie and not cleaning it up, kids teasing you, getting grilled about drawing a picture that could be in any American comic book or action movie, being in a minor fight when a kid jumped on you when he didn’t like how a game was being played, being dragged to the office and having that hurt you, being told you are going home, and this was all in the past twenty-four hours.  And the only thing you can see is some guy you’ve never seen before either staring back at you or looking down at the floor. For Jon’s father, the image of his son sitting there crying was permanently etched in his memory.  And that was at the forefront of every single decision he made going forward.

This was Jon’s last day of school at that charter school in the County of Kent.  It was also the day his spirit not only broke, it shattered into pieces.

“It is the evening of the day, I sit and watch the children play, smiling faces I can see, but not for me, I sit and watch, as tears go by” The Rolling Stones

Jon’s loving father

To be continued