Last week Max came to us and said that he needed $2, but was vague as to why he needed the money. Through questioning, we found out the money was needed to pay for a book that he had ruined for drooling on. He told us that the teacher pointed this out in the middle of class and he had to pay the $2 by the next day – he of course did.
I, of course, also called the school to see what was going on.
The front desk took my message for the teacher, but they wanted to know what the details of the message was, so I told them the story I was told by my son, and ended with, “I would just like to chat with the teacher to get the details.” I received a call back, but was unable to take it, so the teacher left a message: “I received your message and wanted to let you know that what happened was just a misunderstanding. I will be refunding your son the money tomorrow. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.”
At this point, it sounded like there was foul-play going on with the school, and I had questions racing through my head: when did she realize it was a misunderstanding - when she told Max that he owed her money, or when she accepted it… or worse, when she knew I knew about the incident?
All I could do was wonder what I should do next? Thank goodness, I have outlets though:
- I can post to Facebook to get feedback
- I’m a member to Parent 2 Parent of Colorado and can ask what other parents with special needs children would do
- And I even reached out to Robert Rummel-Hudson to see what his thoughts were
All of them gave amazing feedback, and collectively, they said one thing… You Need To Reach Out to the School.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t done my research on disability acts and laws, but I know that I should. I also know that I should advise all parents that read this blog that they should be educated about disability rights as much as possible. However, I also know that life gets away from you and time goes by way too fast. We work our jobs, we raise our children, we cook, we clean and try to fit in “fun” time as much as possible. To also take aside time to educate ourselves about disability rights sounds like too much as well, but in reality, we both know that’s not right. And I continue to remind myself why being so nieve to these rights is so ridiculous.