Perhaps no story illustrates the mistreatment of Special Education students like the plight of Amy Fry’s daughter. Ms. Fry’s daughter attends Bayside Intermediate, is in the Special Education program, and was assaulted on the bus by another student. There was even a nurse’s evaluation on the day her daughter was assaulted. Her daughter is very clearly the victim.
Originally, Ms. Fry was told that the investigation against the other student would be escalated because Ms. Fry’s daughter is in the Special Education program. However, the parent liaison took 10 months to investigate the incident to find a witness to the assault. Meanwhile, an incident report was never filed – although according to Ms. Fry, her daughter had to fill one out.
Making matters worse, Ms. Fry’s daughter was stopped by an administrator before the second tardy bell outside her classroom. The girl was yelled at.
As we all know, CCISD seems to have a lot of problems with its video and audio recording systems. No one was able to recover:
- The video from the bus on the day Ms. Fry’s daughter was assaulted; or
- The video where the administrator stops the girl and yells at her.
No action was taken against the child who assaulted Ms. Fry’s daughter.
“Why are taxpayers paying money for videos and cameras if they don’t have them or they malfunction?” Ms. Fry asks. “How many times can you say a camera malfunctioned?”
(Is this why Assistant Superintendent Paul McLarty has to ask for more money for surveillance?)
But it gets even worse for Ms. Fry and her daughter. Ms. Fry decided to press charges against the other student for assault. She then gets a call (which she very wisely recorded on her own) saying that if she presses charges on the other child, her own daughter will face charges. And she received the paperwork from the juvenile court on June 20, 2019.
The lesson that Ms. Fry has learned – and imparts in the video she posted on Facebook – is that you can’t insist on an investigation. You have to press charges immediately when something like this happens.
“If your child is assaulted, don’t take it to the Board meeting, don’t file with the District. You won’t get anywhere,” Ms. Fry warns other parents.
Now, Ms. Fry must defend her daughter in a juvenile court case – all because the video mysteriously malfunctioned.
And this isn’t the first time that Bayside Intermediate principal Joey Thomas has bungled an investigation and lost some video, as evidenced in this letter sent in 2016:
CCISD has a serious video problem. We hope Mr. McLarty’s $10 million dollar surveillance upgrade solves this problem.
Ms. Fry posted her story on Facebook. You can watch the full video here: