Supporting The Mediation Agreement or NOT!

If for any reason the mediation agreement isn’t followed TO THE LETTER, the next step is to take the matter before a Judge in a Court of Law. However, you MUST be very, very, careful if you decide to go down that path because if you fail to prove your case, and the burden of proof is on the one filing the complaint, you’ll be responsible for paying ALL court costs and lawyer fees for both parties. That said, anyone, with any common sense at all, would have reason to believe that both parties would want to adhere to the mediation agreement to the letter, AND not have any further incidents of ANY kind occur ever again right? Well, the key words in the last sentence are “common sense”. Apparently, the people I was dealing with had none. Scary, but true!

When Shantel returned to school the following week after the mediation agreement meeting, her assistant, Miss K, was not at all happy with her. She began to make fun of Shantel in front of her peers and even told her she was worthless and would never amount to anything. In Biology class, while the sighted students were looking in microscopes, Miss K, told Shantel she was going to look in the microscope and tell Shantel what she saw and have Shantel draw what she was explaining to her on a piece of paper. Shantel told Miss K she couldn’t draw, but Miss K gave Shantel crayons and a piece of paper and told her she needed to at least try. Shantel took the crayon and started trying to draw what Miss K was describing while Miss K and the other students at her table all laughed at her. Shantel came home in tears and told me this and showed me the paper she was forced to “draw” on, of course, I exploded!

I called the Department Chair, Mrs. J, and demanded a meeting with her immediately. At first, she tried to tell me she had another meeting to attend but I told her there wasn’t going to be any meeting more important than the one she would have with me unless she wanted to end up in court along with Shantel’s Biology teacher, her assistant, Miss K, and the entire School District. She agreed to see me right away.

I showed Mrs. J the “drawing” and told her if she didn’t remove Miss K as Shantel’s assistant immediately I was going to take this to every NEWS channel in the Valley Of The Sun! She looked horrified, but of course, she had no choice but to agree to assign Shantel back to the temporary assistant, Mrs C, that Shantel had prior to Miss K.

In addition to Miss K’s bad behavior, as unbelievable as it may seem, and trust me I had trouble myself believing what was happening before my very eyes, Shantel reported she was still receiving braille that was inaccurate, late, or she wasn’t getting her assignments at all! By now I’m beginning to think I am living in the Twilight Zone. Once again, I had to call the District Department Head, Mr. R, and inform him of the situation. He said he would look into it and get back to me. The next morning, Mr. R called asking me to bring Shantel and come to his office to meet with him, the Braille Specialist, Mr. B, and the school Department Chair, Mrs. J.

When Shantel and I arrived at the District Office, I had a folder full of supporting documentation, including the “drawing” Shantel’s assistant, Miss K, forced her do in Biology and all the additional brailling errors Shantel provided. I gave copies to Mr. R and he reviewed them with the Braille Specialist, Mr. B and the Department Chair, Mrs. J. No one said a word as they reviewed the documentation. I finally spoke, telling them I thought I had given them every chance to make things right. I said it just shouldn’t be this hard for my child to get an education in their school. I said would no longer tolerate this unfair treatment of my child and informed them I was hiring a lawyer and filing a law suit immediately. It was now three days before the winter school break for the holidays.

Next: Finding A Good Lawyer!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. John Kirnberger
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 20:24:57

    OMG! Not again? You go girl give those “educated dummies” what they deserve! Shantel deserves better than what she is getting. Sue their asses off! Pisses me off and I’m not really involved! Tell Shantel for me she is worth every bit of an education just like those who can see but not have much reason. Love to her and tell her also not to fear she’s got the best in her corner. Love you Sis.


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 19, 2012 @ 20:46:19

      Thanks for following along Bro and for leaving your comments. As I am writing my blog posts everyday and reliving all these events that took place while Shantel was in high school, I can’t believe we really survived everything that actually happened.


  2. Gotham Girl
    Mar 19, 2012 @ 20:32:54

    I’ve always wondered why they call it “common” sense when it isn’t common at all? xoxo MORE!


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