Kid, nevermind your autism and how it affects your being able to get to school on time. We think you should just go into foster care and your single momma? We'd like to send her to jail.
Yeah. That's pretty much what this school in Michigan is saying. The mom and son duo start their day TWO HOURS EARLY and still can't make it in time on some days. Have you ever dealt with an autistic child who has it in his head that thank you, he is NOT going some place or another? You have a choice of beating the kid or hoping you can figure out some way to help the situation resolve itself.
This single mom looks like she has everything together at first blush, and maybe she does. But I think before we send her off to jail, maybe it would be cheaper for the taxpayer and better for everyone all around if an autism specialist of some kind were hired to help the mom with techniques that will at least decrease the tardies or help the CHILD to regulate his own schedule a bit better? Or perhaps bring some of those programs in the morning to his home and transport him from there? I don't know what money pot that would come from funding-wise... but... looks like common sense to me. This mom needs help, not jail. It wouldn't "teach" her anything but the fact that the system is stacked against her. I think she knows that already.
I've spoken out against this whole parent "accountability" thing for truancy before. It's just wrong on so many levels. Sure, if kids are signed up to go to school, parents should make *every* effort to ensure their children attend. But wow.
My friend Kerima Cevik is angry about it. "As I read the comments associated with this case, I realize that this woman will go to jail and her son will go into the foster care system," she wrote recently.
"Because no one cares."
"The hate messages are frightening. And everyone assumes she is an irresponsible single mother who along with her son, are just not interested in education. Their judgement is based entirely upon her race. How I will navigate this biased system and keep my son from harm as a woman with the same skin as her, God only knows."
I'm pretty scared about the whole story myself.