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Why it is Unwise to Mix Special Ed Students with Criminal Records in With Special Ed Kids Who are Naive

14 Jan

Why it is Unwise to Mix Special Ed Students with Criminal Records in With Special Ed Kids Who are Naive

This is a news article from our local paper last week. By way of background, our special education program here, covering five cities together, is called SECEP (Southeastern Virginia Cooperative Education Program). It groups kids who have been removed from classrooms for violent or illegal activity in with kids who are the most naive people on the planet, like kids with Downs syndrome and autism.

Anytime something is not under the control of one school district, but five, my alarms go off automatically. Can we say “lack of accountability”???

Furthermore, who but people who don’t have anyone in their family who is disabled, would think of a plan like this? It has been in place for twenty years. We opted out of it for our son, age 20 with autism, because we saw he is a little innocent lamb in so many ways and would surely be hurt by the criminal element in his classes. Or they would take advantage of his naivete.

We chose to homeschool, using private Christian schools for three of his high school years.

My heart aches for this young lady and her family. It might be that even a person who was not naturally naive would have been overpowered and assaulted by these criminals. But surely her special education status put her in a position where she was a lot more likely to be victimized. And her attendance in SECEP provided the opportunity for the assault to happen.

May God help us protect those who can’t protect themselves.

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