What I realized this morning……

I’m on a trip to Puebla Mexico with my husband and daughter to his families Family Reunion. This is the 39th year they have celebrated this event. 

This morning I woke up at my normal time, my internal clock is set for 6am. I decided to walk to the oxo, which is like a 7-11 in the USA, bought a coffee and walked back. The hotel we are staying a is completely ours for the weekend no one but family is here. As I am sitting here, I began to realize what is important in life and how much the small things matter.

Some of the family is uber rich and some are dirt poor, but last night at the welcome dinner I realized it didn’t matter to them. Their one goal was to be together. There was none of the cliques that you see when most families get together, everyone was intermingling and catching up. Everyone was truly happy to see each other.

Something one of the aunts said stuck with me, she said “All that is important in life is right here and in the end I will treasure these memories of us being together.

What a wise woman. 

Bully or victim

I am frustrated to the point of tears. I understand and support the rights of Special Ed students in the classroom, but why do their rights come at the expense of others?

 I have watched a boy terrorize my school for months. He has hit, kicked and  choked students. He sent a girl to the emergency room by ambulance. He caused a student to lose his vision. He is verbally and physically abusive to staff and visitors. 

Nothing can be done is the answer we get from administration and school police. He is protected by IDEA. He knows this and loves it. He will tell you to your face “I can do anything I want and you can’t do anything about it.’ He has threatened to kill students and have staff fired.

He is the victim, he has rights, he has an illness, excuse after excuse is all I hear.

It is part of his condition, be more understanding, he doesn’t understand what he is doing. 

I call BULLSHIT!! 

What about the rights of the girl who went to the hospital, the boy who has limited vision, the countless students he abuses every day????? What about their rights to be safe at school? When did his rights become the only ones that matter.

How can a 10 yr old boy stomp on a 7 yr old girl and repeatedly kick her in the stomach, but  it’s his rights that the school district and police are worried about?

Where is the line drawn? When do excuses stop being made? When will regular education student’s rights matter?