11 YR Old verbal High functioning Autistic child gets harrased & intimidated on bus

Desiree - posted on 01/29/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I will need a recommendation on the following this took place in NYC & I am disgusted...I have an 11 yr old high functioning verbal 11 year old autistic child whom takes the bus every morning until recently. I had noticed some behaviors in my son that were not his usual. he was rocking back & forth alot more, he was losing sleep & was hand flapping alot inclusively was demonstrating echolalia (a repetitive verbal behavior in autistic children). well recently my sons teacher called me to tell me that my child was mentioning Ambulances alot & was fearful that his teacher would put him in an ambulance she called me asking me if I knew where he was getting this new fear from i told her no. so the thought in our minds was he was picking this up from the bus. No later did say this 3 days later he had a "melt down" on the bus where he did not want to put on his seat belt & the bus was stopped. I was not notified of this only until later when he was picked up by his baby sitt-er and the bus matron told her that the bus was stopped etc. i was very upset because they have the tendancy of calling me when he does not put on his seatbelt in the morning but did not call me to tell me that he had a melt down. That same day I questioned my son about what happened on the bus only to find out that my son had been threatened on numerous occasions with words like I'm going to call 9-1-1 on you if you don't put on your seat belt, you will be put in ambulance (minding this had happened with another student & he was present) he was told he would be kicked off the bus out of schol and he would grow up to be a criminal. The next day I took him off I did not allow to go back on til this day. I have made a complaint through the agency in charge as my son is now traumatized if he sees the police or ambulances through the window he makes sure that everything is locked in fear that they are coming to get him. Not only this i found out only yesterday that my son was written up and a complaint was filed against him for the incident that i just mentioned of him not having his seat belt. I was not notified i have yet to receive a copy of the complaint that was sent to the school inclusively i called said bus company to ask for a copy that I was denied I was told that I had no right to this & I would not receive a copy..he bottom line should I look into suing this company for harassment & what my child had to endure? and was am I in right to receive a copy of the complaint? also note that the complaint is being investigated. I am very angry hurt & upset for my son

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Desiree - posted on 01/30/2014

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Hello shawwn,

That is correct, I never signed any contract .& the bus company is a comoany under the office of pupil transoprtation the same is private but, registered with the dept of education.

Thank you so much for your input as I am very annoyed and want to pursue to the fullest extent of the law...

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/29/2014

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Ok, let me see if I've got this straight. A private company transports the kids to and from school? Not the school district?

Either way, you DO have the right to get the information you are asking for, because your child is a minor, so they do not have right of refusal. UNLESS...did you sign any type of contract with them? If so, read it and see what it says.

Regardless, that type of behaviour is unacceptable from anyone, much less from an adult in a position of trust. Pursue this to the fullest extent.

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