Local Woman Speaks Out Alleges Abuse at Local High School

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Denise Beland and her son, Drew Walls.

School is supposed to be a safe space for children to learn and grow, creating skill sets they’ll carry with them for life. But, what happens when it’s no longer that safe space?

For one local woman, this fear/what-if became a reality.

Denise Beland’s son, Drew Walls, attends a local high school within the Algoma District School Board. Walls is 17, but operates at the level of a two-year-old. Therefore, he needs the assistance of an Educational Assistant, or EA.

For the first year and a half of his high school experience, Beland says things ran smoothly. Then, about a year ago, things took a turn for the worse.

Beland started receiving calls from the school saying her son was acting out. As time progressed, Drew’s behaviours started escalating.

“Then it became, he’s flipping desks, he’s screaming, he’s crying, he’s just completely losing his temper,” she said.

“This continued for a couple of months, and then I started getting calls that he was wetting his pants, he was stripping all of his clothes off and then peeing on his clothes. Then it turned into he was having bowel movements in his pants. Flipping out on the bus, which was a new thing that wasn’t going on at the time, prior to that. I didn’t know what was going on because this was all still going on only at school, but none of it had transferred to at home.”

Beland said she knew this was out-of-character for Drew.

“I was not seeing that behaviour at home,” she said. “At that time, I had a babysitter after school until I got home from work. And I asked her if she had seen any of those same behaviours and she said no.”

She explained that, although doctors told her to expect violent outbursts with Drew’s diagnosis, she worked really hard with him throughout his childhood to make sure that didn’t happen.

“As a parent, you have to be proactive, you have to do whatever you can to make sure that (violent outbursts) don’t happen. And that usually can happen when they hit puberty. So I worked really, really hard to get him to that point where he wasn’t going to be like that,” she explained. “He hit puberty and the only thing that happened was he would cry a lot. He wasn’t acting out, wasn’t violent, wasn’t anything. Whether he wanted to be cuddled or not, I made sure he got cuddled. And that made him be extremely affectionate with other people as well – if he cared for you, he would want hugs and kisses. We made it until he was 16 with no violent outbursts.”

Feeling that something wasn’t right at school, she made the decision to contact Drew’s Community Living Algoma worker.

“I asked him if he could go in and look into what was happening, what was going on. He went in and did some observing – he’s allowed to watch and observe and be present. He then booked an appointment with me, came to my house and asked ‘what do you think is the issue?'” She said. “And I said ‘I honestly think it’s a school issue, I just can’t figure out what yet.'”

She continued, saying “Drew can’t communicate what’s going on or what’s happening. He can only express his wants. If he wants food, a car ride, or whatever. He can tell you that, but he can’t express any feelings or if something bad is happening to him or anything like that. His CLA worker then said ‘based on my observation, I found the staff to be aggressive and confrontational with your son, and that’s what was bringing out the behaviours because he was responding to how he was being treated.'”

Beland said this revelation both shocked and angered her. She decided to remove Drew from the school until something could be done. This resulted in him missing two weeks of school.

She then set up a meeting with the CLA worker, the principal, the teacher, and herself, to discuss the issues at the school.

“I mentioned in the meeting, with the principal present, what the worker had mentioned, with him sitting right there, about them being aggressive and confrontational with Drew, and it seemed like it was two EA members who were like that with him,” she explained. “The plan was that Drew would be placed with a different EA worker on a regular basis, to see if that helped with the behaviours. The principal didn’t say anything in that meeting at all, he just took notes and observed, but didn’t express anything, didn’t say anything. I was then told that there was going to be some staff changeover for the following year, because I had already contacted the Catholic School Board and was trying to move him.”

Feeling like she had no other option, as he was still on the wait list for the Catholic School Board, she decided to send him back to the same school in September. Things seemed to be improving – he had a great teacher who was helping Beland work on reversing his learned behaviours, which by that point had started transpiring at home as well, and he seemed to be responding well.

Then shortly after the new year, Drew’s behaviour started declining again. At the time, Beland didn’t think it had anything to do with the school, as Drew does have Seasonal Mood Disorder which affects him from February to March.

“I was thinking that was the behaviour issues, just his normal, regular yearly mood swings that he gets,” she said.

Around this time, Drew’s class was supposed to go on a field trip to see a play at another high school. Beland picked him up for a doctor’s appointment the day before the trip, when an EA pulled her aside and told her that she needed to attend the field trip with Drew, as the school didn’t have the proper staffing to accommodate him in case something were to happen.

“The teacher was away. One of the EAs of the classroom had approached me and said that they had received a text from the teacher advising of what’s in this letter. And I said ‘I understand that, but it’s the day before. I work full-time. I can’t just last-minute make this arrangement to attend because you don’t have enough staff, or you guys didn’t plan early enough, or whatever the situation is.'”

Beland did offer what she thought to be a solution to the issue.

“I said ‘so here’s an alternative: I will have someone at my home – I live literally almost right behind the school – if there are any issues – he used to attend this play with the elementary school and he enjoyed it – whoever is at my home – you can call my home number – they will come and pick him up immediately and return him back home, and then can return him back to the high school to catch the bus to go back to school for the rest of the day,’ because they had sled rides in the afternoon.”

She brought Drew back to the school after his doctor appointment and returned to work. When she got home, she found a note in Drew’s backpack.

Letter
Beland received this letter only one day prior to Drew’s class trip.

“So I thought I provided them an alternative, everything would be fine, Drew could attend; I get home from work, this note was in his backpack.

So, obviously he stayed home the next day, didn’t go to school at all, and I went to work. I was upset about that letter; I contacted the principal, and I said to him, ‘I offered an alternative.’ He said he was not made aware that I had provided an alternative, that what I provided would have worked, he would’ve been okay with it. Unfortunately, whoever I spoke to didn’t pass that message along to him; they drafted this letter at the end of the day. That’s how I got that.”

Prior to this, Drew’s behaviour had started escalating again. Again, he was acting out and being violent on the bus, and having issues at school. Beland had been called a couple of times to come pick him up.

“The two times that I was called to pick him up, they had outtings planned for those days, so I don’t know if they called because they didn’t want him to go on the outtings and said he had (been acting up), but when I entered the school he was fine. He was sitting in a rocking chair, his eyes were clear – they said he was crying, screaming – he looked fine to me, so I’m not sure what was going on, she said. “But I was having problems at home this time from the get-go, almost. He was crying and screaming at bedtime, kept telling me ‘stay home, stay home’ when I was putting him to bed, he was just losing it. Freaking out. I just thought, again, seasonal mood disorder, it’s just lasting a little longer than normal – usually it’s 2-4 weeks, we were at 6-8 weeks at this point.”

As it was getting closer to March Break it was only getting worse.

Then, during March Break, Beland got a call from the CAS saying they’d received a report that Drew was being mistreated by an EA worker in his class.

“I was angry, sickened and felt like I failed my son,” she said. “As his mother, how did I miss the signs that he was being mistreated again? I was also told by another EA in his class of the last incident which prompted the call where my son was grabbed by the back of his jacked and yanked back and then the said EA turned to other EA’s and said ‘He’s being a fucking asshole today’ “.

When March Break ended, Beland decided not to send Drew back to school.

“I was also made aware from CAS that the principal was aware of the situation. But I never got a call from the principal,” she explained. “A couple of days after school was back in, I got a call from the teacher asking ‘where’s Drew, we’re concerned, is he coming in, what’s going on?’ A couple of days (after that), I finally decided to call the principal and he told me that the reason he didn’t contact me is that the investigation was started and he was allowing the investigation to take place, that he didn’t think it was his place to communicate that to me. So I explained to him, ‘you know, that’s my son, if you knew there was an issue, I should’ve been made aware.’ I understand maybe he can’t tell me the specifics, but I should’ve been made aware that there was a situation, the person’s been removed from the program, everything is safe. Now my concern is this is two years in a row that this is happening. And, other than attending that meeting last year, he hadn’t said anything; there’s been no communication.

So I explained to him that I should’ve been notified, I should’ve been told ‘this is what’s going on, this is how we’re handling it, everything’s safe, it’s okay.’ So he goes ‘yeah, everything is fine.’ So I made the decision to bring my son the next morning to school, and I dropped him off myself. And while I was dropping him off, one of the EAs had kind of stayed behind while everybody else had gone into the classroom, and had said to me that, in her opinion, it was all blown out of proportion, that the incident that prompted the call was the EA had grabbed my son from the back of the jacket and yanked him back, and that she then turned to another EA or other EAs and said ‘he’s being a fucking asshole today.’ And she felt that that was blown out of proportion, it was no big deal, kind of was what she was getting across. But she also, when I went back, after I left I was really concerned, at that point, because if she doesn’t think it’s a big deal, how can I entrust these people with my child? So I went back at lunch time because he had an appointment that day as well – so I went back to take him to his appointment and I had made the decision that I was yanking him out (of school), I wasn’t sending him back until I knew everything was going to be okay. When I went back to pick him up, the EA came back out in the hall with me and she was very concerned that I didn’t repeat the information that she provided – she was afraid that she would get in trouble. And I told her ‘I won’t say anything unless I have to.’ And if I had to, then obviously I would have to say something. So I pulled Drew back out of the school – that was two weeks after March Break, so more towards the end of March.”

Since then, the case passed its 60-day period and the CAS worker had to close it.

“Then I get the report from CAS that, unfortunately, they weren’t able to confirm that anything had happened, or had been happening, to my son. I called (the worker) back and I said ‘okay, well, I have the one EA who said to me the information which I’ve provided to you. Somebody had obviously witnessed something to make the report as well, and it’s not the EA who came to me, so that’s at least two people. How did you come to this decision?’ and she said ‘it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, it just means that I wasn’t able to prove it.’ But she only has 60 days and then she has to close the file. So that 60 days came, the file was closed.”

Pulling Drew out of school hasn’t been easy on Beland’s budget, though. Since he’s been at home full-time, she’s had to pay a babysitter for the days she works. She also has him enrolled in an adult enrichment program two days a week, which she pays for out-of-pocket.

“I’ve been trying to get help financially. The services that I have for his respite, I can’t use for that, and I haven’t been able to get any financial help with paying the costs for him to be at the program,” she explained. “It’s coming to a point where the little bit I do have – he goes  two days a week – Mondays and Wednesdays – and then he’s home the rest. And I work full-time Monday to Friday 9-5. So it’s getting to a point where I’m going to potentially have to quit my job, because I can’t afford – once the respite money for at-home runs out, I’m looking at $1200 a month – and I can’t afford that. So it’s going to come to a point, where, at the end of June, or sometime in July, I’ll run out of the money. When he turns 18, he gets what’s called The Passport Program. However, there’s a waiting list. So that being the respite or any money that I could get to cover the Adult Enrichment, if I wanted him to continue in that program full-time. But it’s a matter of ‘when will that kick in?’ to cover that. So yeah, come summer time, I’m probably going to have to quit my job just to be able to take care of him, because I’m already almost ran out of money. The new fiscal year for that just started at the beginning of April. The beginning of April is when it started and I’m already going to be out because of the costs – with him being home full-time.”

Beland has been trying to get in contact with higher-ups in the school board, but keeps hitting road blocks.

“I made phone calls to four people higher up in the school board. I left two messages with one and left one message with the other three. Finally, after about a week and a half, I got a call back from one. He got my story over the phone, I explained to him what was going on, my concerns, everything like that. He told me he would look into it, wanted to know what I wanted out of it. I said ‘what I’m looking to do is have a meeting with everybody involved and somebody higher up in the school, discuss what’s going on, how it can be handled, how I can know that my son will be safe if he is back in the program, because I had no other options because he was still on the waiting list for the Catholic School Board. He said he would call me back in about a week or so. I haven’t heard back. It’s been (over)
two months. Never got a call back, never anything. The principal never called to say ‘why hasn’t Drew returned after that half a day?’ No one has tried to communicate to see what was happening, what was going on, nothing. Everything is completely silent from their end.”

Beland has also been in touch with the local MPP’s office as well as the police and a lawyer.

“I was told certain steps to take, so the next step was – when they closed that file – I contacted the police station and said ‘this is the situation, what are my options? Can I file charges? Can I file a report?’ That was then passed on to the school liaison officer. I then got a call from the principal – I made the call the Saturday of the long weekend – and the principal called on the Tuesday when school was back in, with the school liaison officer there – and after speaking with them over the phone, it was pretty much explained to me that the school handles things internally. So she asked a few times what I wanted, I said I want report, so she said that she would look into it. As of this point I haven’t heard back, so I’m not sure – I know she was supposed to look into it, so it’ll probably be a bit before I hear back from them, but at this point, there’s been nothing.”

Beland then decided to post her story on Facebook to see if anyone else was going through the same experience as she was.

“I did post the story on my Facebook and I thought maybe I would hear back complaints from other people in regards to both school boards, and all of the replies that I’ve gotten where specifically from just the public school board,” she explained. “It appears that all of the people who have contacted me have hit the same roadblocks as I have. And we’re working together to potentially looking at filing a lawsuit. The lawyer that I was talking to – he’s on a personal leave, so I’ve called around to other lawyers here in town. Unfortunately there’s a conflict of interest with the school board, so a lot of lawyers cannot represent. So I’m currently looking at what my options are for a lawyer out of town and then bringing in the people who have messaged me and said that yes, they want to move forward with a lawsuit with me. Then we’ll look at seeing what our options are at that point. Because the only option I have is getting some sort of funding or getting something so I can continue to work. But, at the same time, Drew’s best interest needs to be looked at, and he also needs to be able to continue with the routines so that he doesn’t regress with him not attending any type of program. ‘Cause that’s my main concern, is him regressing or not socializing enough with other people so that that becomes an issue later on. When he’s home like he is now, if I don’t take him out enough, then it becomes a struggle to take him out. So I need him kind of sort of back into some sort of a routine.”

She says she’s hoping to see a positive outcome from this situation.

“I’m concerned for the other parents and the other children. My preferred outcome is that, number one, people in the school board are aware of what is going on in the public school board, and how can we make sure going forward that the  communication is there. That, when there is an issue, it’s getting addressed, not privately, but with the parents and the children. That’s my main goal for what I would like to see as the  outcome. Because it’s kind of scary to hear how many other families have dealt with the same situation in regards to either – like a couple of the ones that I’ve heard back from are actually teachers, not EAs. Some of the ones that I heard back were EAs that they’ve had issues with. My main concern is why is this happening so much here in town and what’s being done about it? Because it doesn’t seem like anything is.”

She would also like to see some sort of compensation for the money she’s had to spend while he hasn’t been in school.

“Just compensation, like if he has to go into the Adult Enrichment full-time, like for me to continue to have employment. Because I’ve already used up almost all of his respite. They should have been the one paying for that. But how can I request that when nobody is returning my call? How can I voice to them or send my child back if my calls are not being returned? Why does it take the principal calling me AFTER I’ve called the police station? You know, why is he not being proactive, to say ‘this is what’s happening, this is what we’re going to do, this is how we’re going to deal with it.’ There’s been none of that. There’s been absolutely no reaching out to me, other than because the (liaison) officer was there. The principal has never called me, ever. Except for ‘your son’s acting up, I need you to come get him.’ That’s the only time I’ve heard from the principal. It’s frustrating. Very, very frustrating. And even in the meeting with the Community Living worker – very silent, didn’t say anything, didn’t assure me that ‘we’ll do this, we’ll do that, we’ll make sure that this is how it’s handled.’ There was none of that. And now that he’s removed out of the program, bedtime is smooth again. He takes a shower, he goes to bed, comes out of his room 50 million times, but there’s no meltdowns. There’s no screaming, there’s no freaking out. Everything is all smooth. When I’m taking him to the Adult Enrichment Program on the two days he goes, as soon as he sees me packing his lunch, he’s asking for his clothes, he wants to, he’s ready to go. We pull into the driveway, he’s got a big smile on his face, he’s excited. The seatbelt comes off all on his own and he’s ready to get in there and enjoy the day. And the reports I’m getting from them is no meltdowns. Everything is going very smooth. And he has a full day. He’s there longer than what he was at school, for the daytime hours. And there’s been no issues. No issues.”

“It really is (frustrating), said Beland. “You can only do so much as a parent and then there’s nothing more you can do.

Since her interview with SaultOnline, Beland has been in touch with the ombudsman’s office, who, she said via text, looked into things and spoke with a superintendent of the public school board. The superintendent admitted that the principal did not handle the situation correctly.

“As far as I was told, the principal was advised as to what the procedure is if he finds himself in the same situation again. He also advised me that he was told that a constable looked into my complaint and had closed whatever the constable was doing. However, I never received a call from them notifying me of that. So, at this point, I have paid to retain a lawyer.”

SaultOnline reached out the the ADSB, who couldn’t comment on the situation, as it’s still under investigation.

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  1. All I am going to say that this doesn’t surprise me at all. I hate the Algoma District School Board. My son was not developmentally delayed but did have a learning disability and it was hell dealing with them. The one thing I learnt from my 10 or more years dealing with this board is that the Huron Superior Board has it’s act together and makes this board look incompetent. I have to laugh at the adds that ADSB puts out about character ed and bullying…..because the principal I dealt with at Tarentorus School over the years that my son attended there was the biggest bully of all.

  2. This story is truly sad. To the people who believe that this poor young man should not attend school have quite a bit to learn and people like them only contribute to the problem and you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  3. So sad :[ Every child deserves a chance at education .. I read all comments and it is sad that some say he doesn’t , but if you had a child with a disability you would want him to go to school and learn what they could to help them in life . You did the right thing speaking out , sadly when my son went to that school , he loved it but he didn’t have special needs like your son . My niece goes there now and no issues but again not special needs .. Some times the ones who help they ones who needs it , don’t realize that they can cause the issues to that child . May the worker or workers that didn’t treat him right realize if it was their child would they like someone treating them like that .. To many times things are swept under a rug :[ May you find justice for your son to be able to attend a school and learn the way he should . I wish you all the best .

  4. No one is gaining anything by this kid attending high school. He is gaining nothing. Resources and tax dollars are being wasted to provide “an experience” for this kid. High schools are meant for preparing kids for further schooling or future employment, not a glorified day care.

    • That may be true… a high school setting may not be the best place for this boy but this is a special education program within a high school and the Ontario government and the local boards have designed these models with taxpayers money. This boy’s parents are also taxpayers and this boy deserves some educational programming in an environment that is safe and where his parents feel that he is safe…. it is unfortunate that there isn’t more common sense at play when programming for these students…!

  5. If everyone interested in what school it is would look a little closer at the posted picture, you’d see the answer is on his jacket. I’m so sorry to read this, it was heartbreaking and I’m really hoping that it gets solved properly, respectfully and in a timely manner.

  6. This is so upsetting. No child deserves to be treated this way. Every child deserves to have a positive high school experience! These days we are so worried about other children being bullies and yet it’s the adults around them that we also need to keep our eyes on. Just disgusting!

  7. She cannot gove the ne of a school as it is still an on going case. It os NOT saint marys as she is on the wait list for catjoloc school. It is also NOT korah, korah students do not go on a feild trip to korah for a concert. That’d be silly. Im sure when more information on the school the inquiring minds will find out the school

    • Sorry for spelling. Typing on phone while irritated does not work well. So frustrated by this article. Teachers amd eas should not be so inconsiderate im sorry you have to go through this. I hope the educators mistreating these children are removed

  8. I’ve had many issues this year from January on with my sons program at a local high school, he was doing so well until January of this year. Since then, he constantly leaves school or sits in his cafeteria, has been aggressive at school, and refuses to go. He is on the spectrum and he has been out of school and at home full time as well. He communicates, but won’t say what’s going on and a lot of times after an outburst has happened, he forgets the details, the same happened with conversations. So when I try to find out details I have to rely on what the school tells me has happened. I also get phone calls that my son has missed classes, but no phone call to ask where he is during the school day, calls are only around 7pm. So they don’t even know where my son is during the day. I’ve been so frustrated with the school, but it’s the only high school that offers him a program and doesn’t rely on credits.

  9. 😠 Very angry, disciplined too a Education Assistants and He seem’s to be a very nice young guy, he doesn’t deserve to be in a different and better school and better special teachers that will treat him a whole alot better.

  10. Sad. It’s a matter of justice. The right thing/person at the right place. Only then can one argue.

  11. So sad. I recognized Drew’s picture as soon as I saw the article and he attended the elementary school I went to. I’m 21 now so he’s a few years younger than I am. He was always such a sweet boy, passing him in the hallways. Good for his mom for speaking out on behalf of her own son and hopefully saves other children in the future! #JusticeForDrew

  12. My son has autism and we have also had problems with the ADSB. Principals and higher ups are to busy protecting their staff rather than these vulnerable children. We switched to the catholic system three years ago and my son is doing amazing!

  13. Glad to hear it’s not Korah. My older kids attend there, and my son with autism will attend when he reaches high school age. No school is perfect, but this is completely unacceptable and disgusting. So sorry you are going through this, and I hope you kick their butts and pave the way for the rest of our local special needs kids so this doesn’t happen to them.

  14. It is NOT Korah but yes it is the Public School Board. I appreciate all the messages that I have received from some concerned parents and let me just put it out there that a few more from my son’s program have come forward to me with their concerns just because of this article. As many road blocks as I have been hit with trying to make my voice heard, I truly appreciate Saultonline and the reporter Megan to be able to have a voice.

  15. The article clearly states that he’s on a waiting list to get into to Catholic School board, which is St. Mary’s. I work with people with disabilities, and have only heard good things about the program at St. Mary’s. I have supported a teen in the past who attended, and 99% of our conversations are based on his positive school experience.

  16. Schools are funded by tax payers dollars…. we the payers of that service have a say in what is happening this child is entitled to an education… that is what the parents are paying for i would sue them too…. our education system is a joke and so is the CAS … a rigged system that dosent work

  17. This is such a sad story! Thanks for giving the heads up, i cant believe such a good school(korah) would do such a thing. I attended korah many years ago and loved it but just goes to show you how much things change 🙁 i hope yous get the help yous need and the school is held to the consequences!!

  18. My son major problem.when he went there its like i u have. disabilities your a prime targe
    t there its so sad cause they should not be treated like that to the point my son quite school. Cause of it it sicking

  19. That’s terrible I have a special needs child and have had my battles in the past with the school and now that he’s left that school and moved on to another one there’s even less communication

  20. I too have had to pull my special needs child out of a decent program from March2018-September 2018 until I found a different program that is below her needs for her to attend, over the bullying with several meetings, lack of communication and teachers/principals that would not do anything within ADSB

    • The way it works in Ontario is that any child/teen who has a severe developmental delay gets to attend school till the age of 21. The focus in high school then becomes life skills and the students have outings into the community. So yes this makes sense.

    • You need to educate yourself EVERY child deserves an education! Calling a child MENTAL is despicable and ignorant!

    • Mike B and Steve. It’s people like yous two that I been trying to protect Drew from all his life it’s people like yous that have no qlue what it’s like ….you guys were probably the ones in school laughing calling kids like my kid that “R” word staring at them and saying stupid things about them and yes I did the same stupid things but guess what I grew up in grade 4.

       Mike B it did gain something it gained Drew to prove to all normal people that he can learn and he has the right to be in school and in the world….it’s not his fault that some people are cold, disgusting and Unprofessional he didn’t ask for this nor did he ask to be grabbed or called names……so ya my tax dollars paid for that groflied daycare.

      Steve…….think someone already said it your a ass hat

  21. My daughter is still in elementary school, but this is terrible. Please, fight for your child Denise! You will me things better for the next generation and my daughter. I support you! Go get them momma bear!

  22. after drying my eyes from The effects of this story, i can say that i wish i had a huge house so i could help with people like these two. Hard working mom fighting the very societies that are paid graciously to adhere to rules of conduct yet are so emotionally unkempt that the over spill is into the cups of the most vulnerable.
    this makes me sick and i sincerely hope those rejects get their faces stomped on for allowing this family to endure the horrors of victimization when so vulnerable.
    CAS is only going to do something IF they can get funding they apprehension of your son and THAAAT makes me sick….
    #christianprovenzano please help this and other families with members without voices

  23. Oh boy it’s about time. ADSB needs a wake up call. Time for parents to rally and get together.

  24. Oh boy it’s about time. Time for accountability. ADSB needs a wake up call. My family has quite the story as well. Time for families to rally.😡

  25. I believe my son attends this high school and I’m having problems with them. He only goes for an hour and a half and wont provide transportation. If you would like to msg me. I was approached by somebody who could really help us. I havent yet done anything myself but I can point you to the right person. I feel for your son and yourself. It takes a toll the amount of stress we have as parents .

  26. Would it help to “out” the school and the principal? They all see it as a career and if they are outed, maybe they would have to explain to the public what they have done/what they should have done, AND, suffer the consequences of their inactions. If they offer a program for your son and other children, then they should run the program properly and hire qualified sensitive people. They should also put themselves in your shoes. What would they do?

  27. I feel for her. We don’t know what’s happening at the schools. My daughter was in grade two and she has behavior issues and has since been diagnosed but one time she completely left school property and they even had to call the police to help with her and i didn’t know anything about it until about 4 months later at a meeting.
    And i sware her e.a sometimes just didn’t want to deal with her and would tell me to come pick her up at random times of the day and sometimes i would show up and she would seem fine. ( yes other times she was ripping papers apart but sometimes she was very normal ) but we also have to remember individual schools aren’t responsible for choosing what e.a is assigned to what child. My daughter went through a few in one year and day the nerve to tell me I’m not being consistent at home for her.

  28. This certainly is a sad situation for this mother I am not so sure ANY school board is…or should be..equipped to handle a 2 year old. Hopefully there are other services available to help this mother out AND provide the best care for her son.

    • Really?! You don’t think a school with special education classes should be equipped to handle someone with the level of a 2 year old?

      It wasn’t very long ago that these same people were institutionalized! That helps no one. He is a person with every right to education and being safe and social as you are. If it looks a little different for what he needs to learn, so be it.
      I personally do NOT want people with differences segregated away in any system; school or otherwise! Tha is a very slippery slope !

      Kudos Denise B. For doing all you can. The public board is horrific to deal with!

  29. Horrible!! I bet it’s St Mary’s. Had many unresolved bullying issues and lack of action by principles. Catholic preppy demons rule that school and most staff related . Seems to be conflicting interests and favoritism big time. Want a story go in that school and reveal the truth!! Unbelievable the crap that kids get away with so doesn’t surprise me about teachers principles and E.As. Corruption rules the Sault that’s why we will never thrive!! Rather be real than bow down to the self righteous hypocrites!! Stay humble always!! That’s God’s way!!

    • No offence Cindy I do it once in a while to but please fully read and understand the article before judging the school I went to and enjoyed it for most of it but again it’s always based on personal experience stuff like this but as the article said it’s one of the Algoma district school board schools in which pretty much eliminated only st Mary’s lol but who knows the article could even be wrong it’s happened before I’m sure. Again just stating what they say I’m not saying this to offend u in any way

    • I’m not trying to defend the RCSB but the article says, “a local high school within the Algoma District School Board.” The following high schools are the ones in the ADSB:
      Central Algoma Secondary (CASS)
      Chapleau High School
      Elliot Lake Secondary School (ELSS)
      Hornepayne High School
      Korah C. & V.S.
      Michipicoten High School
      Missarenda Secondary School
      School College Connection Program
      Superior Heights C. & V.S.
      Superior Heights Community Ed.
      W.C. Eaket Secondary
      White Pines C. & V.S.
      There are issues with both boards but this one doesn’t include the RCSB.

    • My son has a catastrophic brain injury. He attended St. Mary’s and I could not DISAGREE with you more. The staff and students were phenomenal to my son.

      • The highschool he attended is NOT KORAH. The outing in regards to the letter was an outing to Korah for the play.

    • Cindy I get it but you didn’t sound like that at all. You just said I bet it’s Mary’s and then described why without even talking about any other highschool, and most of my point was that u just assumed it was Mary’s and either getting confused by the two school boards(ok I can probably give you this if it’s true) since you may have read “Algoma” which actually is our district to begin with and not Huron-Superior which when you think about it is pretty hard to make a mistake where that is either since sault and area right between Lake Superior and Lake Huron(BOOM!!!that just blew your mind didn’t it?). So I hope it’s actually that that happened because the only other way is that you just seen the articles headline and assumed what school it was before reading it, which is very bad since it’s like u know in school they teach you to not judge a book by the cover(this case news article) so you just seen the headline and figure that it must have been Mary’s since I’m guessing they pissed u off at one point but that’s another story. Im gonna be honest and say I wasn’t perfect either as I usually read the comments before the article because some arguments people have and just some comments make you wonder who is gonna make the sault look bad today…(and again it just may be me today but I had to do this one) I only seen one comment and figured wow..what did Mary’s do to piss you off so I now start reading and it jumped at me the school board…to which I already said eliminated the one high school in Huron-Superior(I apologize for my mistake “IF” notre dame grand lac still happens to exist) and leaving the possible 3 that now exist in the public board so u really just assumed it was Mary’s because of a personal thing and nothing else. Your reply to me really did not make any sense other than the attempt at justifying why you made that assumption. So I apologize for taking time away from people who have to read this comment and sorry but your never getting it back. The best thing to say to that honestly would have been just something along the lines of “sorry it’s Monday” or just even said how you didn’t like Mary’s and assumed it was then and at least your being honest. But I hope that again you take this as a “constructive criticism” type of thing and I really had to call you out on it because again your just assuming when you have staff that work there reading your comment feeling like they did something and possibly even spreading rumours but again I’m just saying irrelevant things and I hope that you will use this knowledge the next time something happens that could include one of a few things like example: if you remember the video around Christmas about the nice lady buying a sandwich at the boundary timmies but not specifying the location and then a comment like yours would say: it must have been the *insert whatever one didn’t have nice workers that day so it had to be them” lol you see what I mean I really hope all my nonsense due to me having so much to do on my days off will help ya next time. And I must say this because people will think of anything to make me look like a bad guy but this comment is just me talking to Cindy and I really hope that the result of what happened with this story is the best possible and that everyone involved negatively gets what they deserve. HAPPY MONDAY GUYS. And Cindy again I’m bugging ya don’t take this too bad I really just had to say something and got out of hand fast.

    • Brad Denning lol I’m speaking of my own experiences with my daughter and if this forum can get people’s eyes open to what really goes on in every board I’m sure to make change then my work here is done. Zero tolerance for bullying goes for students and staff!!

    • I’m glad I got an lol out of ya for that and I understand completely I know and it’s terrible when people who have to make others feel as awful as it is to feel when bullied(no matter the case) knowing it could change there life for the wrong in so many levels lasting a lifetime possibly. It really is sad and I hope that your situation with your daughter was solved quick and she is ok.

    • Brad Denning not taken care of at all hence my frustration. Pray final year goes better as she has so much anxiety and behavioral problems now. It’s like an episode of mean girls everyday. Social media allows the bullying to follow her everywhere. Parents school turns blind eye. Beyond frustrated!

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