I was reading this article in a News Paper, and there was some horrible information about kids in Special Education. November 30th, 2005; 17 year old student at a local High School Special Education Student was taken out of school for 38 School Days for throwing a Fart Bag (Its like a Stink Bomb w/o glass) at a group of people in the parking lot after school. The student who did this had only one disability Server Anxiety Disorder. And he did this to people that have been bullying him, as the school never took care of the other students. The School System also was in violation of IDEA (The Individuals with disabilities education improvement Act) in many things... Okay this was not the bad part... The Student had this to say to his High School [START QUOTE] I feel that I am being abused because of my disability. Id like to tell you a short history of my academic career so that you know my true position and why I feel this way. I was in the fifth grade while under the jurisdiction of the Community School Corp. And based on your misdiagnoses (based on studies and tests you have done about me) you placed me in a different school. At that school (Kingsford Heights Elementary) there were times I had extremely high Anxiety, and being that I was so young I did not know what it was. Nor did I know how to express this to anyone. And during such times I became hyper because I was having an Anxiety attack. But, instead of getting the help or treatment I needed, I was locked in a padded closet while a teacher with a metal hip sat on me to Control me, so in all reality while I was suffering horribly I had to suffer far more because of your misdiagnosis. This is all still very vivid in my memory. Also within a year from then (while I was still misdiagnosed by the Community School Corp) another special ed student for no reason came up behind me and slammed me into a locker (this was premeditated t00), I then had a broken nose and had to have surgery, and I had a cast on my nose for a long time. I was not able to be in school for more then 5 months because of that incident, and missed many important classes. I now know I should have never been placed in an emotionally handicap class, even the teachers in that class agreed. Also I would feel that in such a class no student should have been left unattended to allow such horrible things to happen, this would be called neglect on the teachers part. Thus, later that year they had removed me (after a meeting) and placed me in a LD class, but unfortunately it was too late to prevent such horrible things. I also because of being there did not learn what I needed to, as it was a different level then what I needed to learn. I should have never been placed in such classes. I had to go though more pains by being in these classes, both mentally (corruption) and physically. Id like to also mention an issue of abuse. I was walking out of my gym class during passing period while I was there the person who is in charge of the Physical education department came from behind me and shook my backpack repeatedly in a violent manner and said This is what we did to nerds when I was in High School (he was telling this to other students that he was talking with before approaching me). During the whole incident he was laughing as if it was funny I found this very offensive. This is just some instances of such things. I remember that the teacher I had at Kingsford Heights did little to help students, and it would seem to me that her job was to belittle, and abuse students. I have told people in charge about these things that happen to me, with little resolution, and this is the main reason why I do not tell on the day-to-day bulling since nothing gets done about the really server abuse. Luckily most of the incidents were documented by the school. Plus if I bring it to the attention to the bully, then they would treat me far worse (for telling on them). I was also sexually abused by another Special Ed Student in the hall, this was documented and saw by other people, and she did receive a suspension. However this year, I was placed (by another mistake of yours) in another class with her where she refused to stop talking to me in class, and then later kept calling me and going to my place of business. My IEP does not say that I need any help with Geography, but yet I was placed there in the class with her. All this was simply because of the negligence of the school corporations special education department, to notice my disability correct for what it really was. And, I feel that anything that could have gone wrong with my educational career - did. Being that school is every young persons life, I feel as if my life has been messed up because people neglecting to help me in school correctly. At this point I am still trying to figure what we can do, as I am already behind my peer group, and Id like not to fall even further behind because of pointless delays. I am behind in different subjects based on the state provided benchmarks. There should have been supervision during the sexual harassment issue and also when I get beat into the locker. As you can see these are just some reasons why I dont like (and dont feel comfortable and safe) being in school. And why sometimes when I have Anxiety Attacks I cannot stay in a school environment. Now, I must add that there are many instances of other students bullying me, this is minor compared to the other things that have happened to me. However the day-to-day name-calling, teasing, and other things like that it all just makes the situation far worse. I dont think that other special education and even normal students have such horrific ordeals. Nor would I ever thing someone so young should ever have to go though this. Please if I am wrong about this, correct me. I feel I have not being provided with the correct free appropriated public education I should have had. I suffer from Anxiety and that is the only reason that I have a little trouble with learning, as it can be hard for me sometimes to focus. And I should never suffer more because of this. And, I have also been segregated in one way or another, from my peers. Also, I have had a teacher say, Can you read I can send you down to the special education office for help if you need it this was stated in front of the class. I find this not right, I do not like to be segregated and assumed that I am dumb because the teacher thinks of my disability as something its simply not. This besides the fact he had me in his class before, and knew what I was capable of. Also, another teacher said to me (he was originally discussing class related homework) to trash my unopened bottle of water in front of the class and sad Dan You should know better then that, and right at that moment he open his can of soda and took only one sip as if to publicly rub It in my face that he could do something I could not, for the remainder of the 40 minutes he never again even touched his drink. I feel sometimes teachers often do such things as they think I dont understand what they are doing (this my be subliminal in there minds) but I believe this to be the case. These are only some examples of the things I have to go though - since I dont have time to share them all, I will leave it at that [END QUOTE] Now, I have a 10 year old who was just this year placed in a Special Education Class, as it seems many other children are being placed there too. Now my concern is can this/should this happen to my 10 year old, it is in the SAME School Corporation as the student above. And HOW IN THE WORLD can schools Lock Children in Small Padded Closets and Such... HOW??? Also, is this a normal thing to have happened in the Special Education System? This may be affecting me different then everyone else, but I really want to take action, this story has greatly affected me, its horrible... What can I/should I be doing? Keep in mind it is the same School System, and I do know the family who was involved with this... It is just wrong!