A child has died. A disabled child, unable to walk or speak, has been murdered.
Don't let the fluff-fluff story HSLDA is touting fool you. Makayla Norman might have been under the care of several different physicians. Maybe. But it's been proven she was abused. It's been proven in court what happened was murder. Her mother recently pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.
So let's not pretend that when the local paper squawks about how it's concerned kids are slipping through the cracks, that there are somehow not kids slipping through the cracks. Let's not just go right to our talking points without pausing for a minute to remember that somehow, somehow, a whole bunch of people have failed Makayla Norman. She is dead today because she received bad care from her mom and from her nurses, and because no one outside that small group of people checked up on her.
"School officials admitted they violated their own policies, failing to follow up
on Makayla’s progress during her final seven years," the Dayton Daily News reported in December.
And what consequence did the school district face for its neglect? None. Again, the Dayton Daily News is right in there swinging in a recent article. The article almost directly links homeschooling with abuse and it's pretty biased. But then again, the paper is not gonna come out all pro-homeschool in an article discussing the aftermath of a stinkin' murder, people. It wasn't easy on the schools, either. But Makayla Norman's death has to do with homeschooling... how?
Remember, this child couldn't walk or speak. What grade level would YOU put her in if you had a student like this tomorrow? Right. There isn't one. This is about murder. There are so many people who have failed her, and it isn't even a homeschooling issue. Why are we even talking about homeschooling?
Can we just forget homeschooling a second here? The way funding is being cut all over the place, who is looking out for disabled children? Do we even care if they die? I don't know if you know much about it, but states are cutting back in-home helps and they're cutting back on the very people who could be a good influence or be a good lookout, a watchdog against abuse.
I think this mom is an awful example of humanity. Was she public-schooled? Does it matter?