Mom And School Spar Over Girl's Education
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 28, 2002
LAWRENCE, KANSAS--Last Tuesday, Leslie Gott removed her daughter, Ali, from South Junior High School after two months of frustration.
Gott said that Ali, who has autism, had been integrated well in elementary school, but that things "fell apart" for the 12-year-old when she entered junior high school.
"They weren't ready," Gott said of the school, even though she tried to work with staff since the end of the last school year to get them prepared to work with Ali.
In a matter of weeks, things had deteriorated as Ali was kept in closet-size room at the school on a regular basis to control her behavior.
Things got worse after an official was heard saying that some children simply "slip through the cracks".
Now Gott is looking to send Ali to another school.