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Texas Parents Battling School District over Student Safety, FAPE

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Most advocates are aware that relevant federal (and state) laws deem that every child is entititled to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Texas parents, Angelica and Peter Earls' are fighting for their child's rights in their local school district. After their son was abused at his school, the parents did not feel he was safe at the school. In November, the state magistrate ruled that the child was not receiving a FAPE and referred to the abuse as "an unfortunate incident."

The school district appears to take no responsibility and seems to deny that what was done to the child was abusive or a violation of the child's rights. Now, the state magistrate and the school have stated that the child should come back to the same school where he was abused, and that this is the only placement that would meet the LRE requirement. Listen in as ICAA Radio hosts welcome Mr. and Ms. Earls to see what is happening now and how our community can help.

Question to consider:  How can a placement be considered FAPE or LRE if the environment would cause the student unnecessary stress, fear, or anxiety--and based on previous abuse in that same environment? How would you feel about going back to a place where you were dragged down the hallways? Do you feel it would be an appropriate setting to learn, grow and achieve?

More on the story here from FOX

Trigger warnings: Images, descriptions of abuse, restraint, and ableism.