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
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