Frisco Dad Considers Legal Action Following Classroom Incident

By Bud Gillett, CBS 11 News

FRISCO (CBSDFW.COM) – A Frisco father is considering legal action after he says his special needs son was suspended from school despite federally-mandated protocols.

Mark Clay, a Dallas pediatric cardiologist, lives in Frisco with his 7-year-old son, Isaac, who has been diagnosed with ADHD.

Dr. Clay says he has always encouraged Isaac to be in a mainstream learning environment, a right protected under provisions set by federal law.  “Too many children are being placed in Special Education, too many people are being placed in alternative school programs,” he said.

While Isaac has previously had some class disruption issues, last week he was suspended from school for allegedly throwing a pair of scissors and hitting another student.   The boy, who says it was an accident, was removed from the class and his father was called.

Clay claims his son was locked alone in a classroom until the he could drive to the school from his Dallas practice.  He was so upset that by the time he arrived to pick up Isaac, that the school had called police as a precaution.

Both police and school officials confirm a School Resource Officer was called to the school for a potentially “irate” parent.

Among other things, Clay is worried his son’s image is being hurt. “His privacy has been violated. I feel he has been stigmatized. I think it’s been escalated unnecessarily, based on the relationship we had previously.”

For several months the Clay family and the school had created daily learning plans for Isaac and the school had reported back to Clay’s parents on his progress.  Now, Mark Clay worries the school is trying to push Isaac into an alternative school to ease its workload.

Frisco ISD administrators confirmed much of Dr. Clay’s story: that Isaac was removed from class for disciplinary reasons over some scissors, but they deny he was ever locked in a room by himself.  They also claim they have a right to determine what learning environment is safest for Isaac, as well as other students.

Melanie Watson is a children’s special education advocate not connected to the Clay issue, but who nonetheless frequently represents parents in disputes with schools over ‘mainstreaming’ young students with potential learning disabilities.  “The law specifically says the child should be educated in the least restrictive environment and that my understanding is that’s with his peers—his non-disabled peers,” she explained.

Watson adds the best result is for all parties to come to mutual agreement, so “everybody [can] work together as a team in the best interest of the child, not an administrator to say ‘You’re out of here’ or a parent to go in and be demanding, you know?  Everybody work together.”

Dr. Clay says he’s willing to fight for what he considers Isaac’s right to a ‘mainstream’ education.  “Our child has been displaced, police have been involved, he’s being suspended,”he said frustrated. “We are seeking to look at legal resources to make sure his rights have not been violated, as we suspect.”

Clay met with Frisco ISD officials last Friday and both parties agreed to meet after spring break to determine if Isaac should go to alternative school or perhaps just be reassigned to another first grade classroom at Allen Elementary.

Meanwhile, Clay has filed an online complaint against the school with the U.S. Department of Education, alleging the school deprived him of his rights as a student with learning disabilities.

  • FriscoGuy2034

    Story Update: “””Parents sue the district because their child was hurt by a pair of scissors thrown by another student. No disciplinary action was taken by school officials against the other student.””” Face it Doc…your child just ain’t that special. Teach him accountability and then we’ll talk. He threw something, at someone, that is nothing less than a dangerous weapon hurtling through the air!!! ….and given this article and your quotes…I would have called for an SRO officer as well. I applaud Frisco ISD leaders for protecting other students.

    • Grahawk

      FriscoGuy2034, I agree. All too often, parents rely on teachers to be glorified babysitters. This doctor needs to grow up himself and understand that his child could be a danger to other children.

      • SF

        Grahawk, you have no business driving a bus of Special Needs kids. “…the problems that THOSE kids project”??? As if all Special Needs kids are violent and have uncontrolled outbursts? Get a clue, dude. Some are deaf, some are blind, some may be confined to a wheel chair, and yes some are going to have challenging behaviors. Doesn’t mean the parents aren’t doing things right either. We’re still talking kids here, they’re all different and have– how should I put it– SPECIAL NEEDS! If it’s too much for you to handle then find a different job.

    • F Frisco ISD

      I agree about the accountability comment. However, Frisco ISD is run like a Prison Camp! The elementary school kids have been trained to hold their hand up like a Hitler salute and doing so commands silence and compliance. They take my highschool daughters iPhone for looking at pictures in the hallway during break (iPods are perfectly acceptable keep in mind) and lose it and this is their response: “I’m sorry but these things happen”. Never once considering they just seized control of a $500 phone and were to irresponsible to keep it safe.

      They make the kids walk the “thi8nking track” at recess after they have been disorient so the rest of the kids playing can look over and see what a “loser” that kid is.

      They call me and complain when my daughter asks tough questions they don’t know how to answer saying she’s being “defiant” and not respecting authority.

      You’re job is to TEACH them NOT raise them. If they are causing too many problems, send them home to their parents and let us deal with them.

      Frisco ISD is the WORST school district I’ve ever experienced. Just a bunch of drones run by fear installing fear into our kids. Not letting them think for themselves and NOT EMPOWERING them to be accountable.

      There are some good teachers I’ve met (and keep in mind my sister is a school teacher and I think she’s stupid too) but for the most part, they are harming our children and messing with our future FAR more than helping…

  • quang

    Keep it up Frisco ISD. I support your courage.


    What about the the safe environment for OTHER kids !
    flying scissors ! Hello Moron !

    • sam

      They said allegedly throwing scissors. You weren’t there so, before you call someone a moron look at yourself moron. Good bye moron!!!!!

    • Kristina

      The use of a Behavioral Specialist can be of help in training staff to handle such situations without having them esculate to this level. My question is always “What happened before?” There are no winners in this kind of a situation however if we take away or are able to implement a method of training so that everyone comes away with more skill sets, we are all winners: the children (main stream and special needs), parents and teachers. Let’s use this energy to make a positive difference instead of placing blame and name calling. Let’s suport ALL involved so that this situation can promote a better environment for all concerned.

  • Amanda

    If he was throwing scissors at another child as the story states, this guy needs to spend a little more time teaching his child discipline and self-control, and a little less time being money-hungry.
    I don’t know about most people, but in my experience with peers in school who had “ADD” or “ADHD”, it was just an excuse for them to be out of control most of the time. It seems to me the father is more likely inhibiting his son by focusing on his “condition” SO much. He needs to teach him some accountability.

    • sam

      Amanda really money hungry???? You are the moron and don’t prejudge people. We as parents can teach our kids everyday and doesn’t mean they won’t make mistakes. I didn’t get anything from this article about being money hungry. Messyyyyy people.

  • AllenMom

    I can’t believe you guys even wasted your time reporting this story! Sounds like this child needs some accountability for his actions, regardless of his disability. There are so many kids who are diagnosed with ADHD and are still able to control themselves in a classroom. Those are the kids who should be taught in a regular ed classroom. When a child becomes that much of a distraction (or threat, in this case) he/she needs to be removed until he can calm down. I would be furious if this happened in my child’s classroom and the child WASN’T removed! Bravo, Frisco ISD! Face reality, Dr. Dad…Your child needs to learn to behave. It might help if you quit coming to his rescue and acting like a jerk.

    • Larry

      The article did not state the father acted like a jerk. FISD assumed he would be irate. Re-read the article; never mind, it’s highly typicle for you people to distort the facts!

      • Larry

        expected “housewife/mom” reply!

      • AllenMom

        So…calling me a mom/housewife is an insult???

      • Suzy

        Dude, you sound like an uneducated idiot. Learn some proper grammar and how to spell before you go around criticizing others. I pity you.

      • Larry

        @ SUZY; I got your attention!

      • AllenMom

        Stories like this don’t stem from one incident. Don’t read the comments if they bother you so. If it were my child who threw scissors, I would expect consequences, regardless of a disability. Children have to be held accountable. I’m not sure if you’ve been around children much lately, but if you have I’d bet you’ve noticed we’re raising a generation of people who think they “deserve” whatever they want. We have GOT to start making our children earn respect, and work for what they want.

    • sam

      Here we go again . Maybe you all should not say anything if you don’t have anything to say. You face reality!!!! Who are you to say what he needs and you don’t know what he has been taught. I think you are the jerk . Why does a person have to be a jerk because of the concerns for his child?? You people are stupid.

  • Brenda

    So,I guess his kid can do whatever he wants ,even blinding someone by throwing scissors and this dad will just keep his head in the sand.The parents of the child his kid hit should sue him!! But if someone had done it to his kid,oh boy! Grow up! Take responsibilty for your kids actions and quit making excuses for him like so many parents do today!!!!1

    • sam

      The scissors didn’t hit another kid. Reread the article. You should be sued for putting the wrong information out.

      • Ed

        Sam. It’s time to STFU. Seems that you’re part of the problem.

  • PamR

    I raised a son with ADHD. We went through many trials, including the time he stabbed a kid with a pencil, and the time he drew with crayons in an entire school hallway. He was thrown off of the bus, he was sent home for behavior issues, and so on. We did this for most of his life in school.

    My son now attends college, where he still has some difficulty with focusing; the behavior issues cleared as he grew older. He is working towards a Master’s Degree in Math and Physics.

    As a mom who went through this, I can sympathize with this parent’s frustration . BUT – if he wants his child to have the best learning environment in as normal of way as possible, then he should not expect school administration to treat the child any differently than the other kids. Bad behavior is still bad behavior, regardless of any disability. When my son did something wrong, I expected him to be disciplined for it – which might be why he is OK today.

    • AllenMom

      Love it!

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  • FriscoMomx2

    My child has been in class with Isaac this year and the incident with the scissors is only one of several incidents where he lost control and put other children in danger. It is ridiculous to put the well-being of 18 other children at risk, as well as reduce their instruction time and allow 6- and 7-year-olds to witness such disturbing behavior, by keeping this child in the mainstream classroom.

    • Courtney in Frisco

      Isaac isn’t the one being discriminated against; it is the other children in the classroom that are being put at risk by a child with uncontrollable anger issues, no matter what his “diagnosis” ! Isaac has put the teacher and other students at risk not only physically but emotionally as well. Good for Frisco I.S.D. for taking this dangerous child out of the classroom. Why let one child endanger all of the children and teachers, let alone compromise their learning environment. Wake up doc and take responsibility for your child and his outrageous behavior!

    • Ann

      My advice to you and the other parents of students in this class is to join together and keep your students at home in protest of what has happened in the classroom. This would show the school district that you have a voice, and that you are an advocate for your child. If that sounds unappealing, take it up at the next school board meeting. Frisco I.S.D. isn’t able to discuss what happened in that room without violating confidentiality, but I promise you that Isaac’s father is painting a much prettier picture than what actually happened. From years of experience as an educator, I would make the educated guess that they had to clear the room in response to his violent behavior. I would also speculate that he was separated until his father arrived to help him calm down, and I highly doubt that he was left alone without monitoring until his father arrived. I think it’s sad that Issac’s father doesn’t seem to care that your child was in danger. What’s going to happen several years from now when little Isaac decides to take a weapon to school, consult his IEP (Individual Education Plan)?

      • RippedInTwo

        This is a great idea… We may consider this. We are tired of hearing Isaac stories.


      • Larry

        Exactly, what type of “experienced educator” are you to make such suggestions? Keep students home because of child’s play? You surely need to be LAID-OFF if they haven’t already gotten rid of you.

      • JBC

        Larry nailed it. I hope you never have a child/grandchild/niece/nephew with behavioral challenges associated with a disability.

      • Bob

        I guess Columbine was child’s play too. Larry, you’re an idiot!

  • FedUPTxn

    “Clay is worried his son’s image is being hurt. “His privacy has been violated” REALLY Mr. Clay? And you think by making this story public that you are protecting your son’s privacy? Sounds like YOU need to see a doctor, a psychiatrist! What if another child had attacked your son with scissors or some other weapon? Would you expect the school to protect your son, as well as the teachers and remove the problem child? Your child needs CONSEQUENCES before he ends up in a jail at an early age. WAKE UP and BE a parent!

  • Scott

    Remember… Its never too early to start teaching your kid that the world owes them something.

    How ridiculous this father is… He is ‘special needs’ yet you force him into the class with the kids who aren’t ‘special needs’… So the teacher can spend his or her valuable time and resources dealing with your ‘special needs’ kid instead of TEACHING the kids who are normal (read: mainstream). VERY unfair to everyone else in the class. I’m sure you dont care though… FRISCO, stand your ground and fight for these other kids that don’t require a weekly meeting, reports, phone calls, and constant harassment and complaining.

    • JBC

      You should really familiarize yourself with federal education and disability laws before spouting off on how “ridiculous” this is. This child is not being forced into a class with general ed students. It is his *right* and the school’s responsibility to develop a behavior plan that *teaches* him how to control impulses, react to frustration appropriately and, most importantly, helps him LEARN in the same unrestricted environment as his peers. If you have such issues with special needs kids being mainstreamed, perhaps you could direct your anger at the state government for consistently cutting funding to special education resources that force more and more of these responsibilities onto untrained, unprepared general ed teachers.

  • lonestarmom

    The child did not hurt anyone, and the incident was an unintentional accident. If this had been another child, the action probably would have gone w/ out any repercussions.

    Unless you have a child who learns differently, you will never know how important it is that these children just get the fundamental chances that other children benefit from.

    How would you feel if your child made an unintentional mistake-yet caused ZERO harm, and you were told your child could not go to public school. I have an idea that you would feel confused and alone. Your child would feel worse, and all because of an involuntary action.

    If you do not have a child w/ a disability- please thank God and do so often.

    • JBC

      Well put. Thank you for reminding everyone that there is so much more to this (and every) story that you can’t understand until you and your child have lived it.

    • Larry

      Thank you lonestarmom. I find it very perculiar that the earlier commenters are blowing this story out of proportion. They are distorting what they’ve read and are out to hang a six year old and his father for asking questions. Unbelievable!! It’s called child’s play; besides, Isaac said it was an accident.

      • Grahawk

        Larry, from what you have said, I conclude that you have no children. Mere “child’s play”? I drive a special needs school bus and experience first hand the problems those kids have and project, granted at a minimal 20 minutes a day, but you cannot dismiss it as child’s play. A teacher who deals with it day after day has his/her hands full controlling sometimes violent outbursts from the children. The safety of the other children has to be considered. Whether the parent is a doctor or a laborer, behavioral modification begins at home.

      • Mark

        You are a moron. The fact that you can read and write should make you thank a teacher. Instead, you come to the aide of a 7 year old that is learning that he can do whatever he wants, as long as he prefaces it with “I have a learning disability”. He needs to have that bottom swatted and get sent to bed without dinner. And before you retort about the hardship of ADHD remember one thing, if a child knows there are consequences for their actions they tend to act right.

      • Larry

        @Mark, I may be a moron to you but ask me if I care! For the record, both my wife and daughter are teachers!

      • Mark

        Then you are a moron to the 2nd power.

    • TexasDad


      Did you watch the video? The kid cant even hold still long enough to pretend like he is mild-mannered while “reading a book with dad” (classic!) And the kid’s explanation of the scissors incident? They accidentally dropped from my hand, and then went across the table?

      Sounds like a bunch of “poor me” going on… Some children do not need to be 100% mainstream. But unfortunately some people will refuse to see this until it’s too late. Dad is apparently very intelligent, being a doctor and a specialist (twice over)… but you cant wave a magic wand over your kid and make them you… He needs special help, and it’s not inclusion with mainstream children. Some people work hard to live in Frisco, especially for the schools. Not to have to deal with this constant disruption in the class.

    • Joan

      This father is doing what he should be doing–advocating for his son’s Least Restrictive Environment. If there were severe behavior issues with the child, he would be on a Behavior Intervention Plan–apparently, this is not the case. It is unfair (not to mention illegal) to remove a child to an alternative school without due process. Children have rights, too.

    • BeenThereMom

      I have an autistic 13-year-old. I have always told him “being autistic is NOT an excuse to do less. It is the reason you MUST do more.” Bad behavior is NOT tolerated, period! My son has never caused issues at school because it was NEVER tolerated at home starting as a toddler!

      I have also worked with a 16-year-old whose family did nothing but make excuses for him. Now he is 6’2″, 200 lbs., and too big to control. He assaults people without rhyme or reason. No school wants him. He almost killed me when he did not get the food of his choice because none was available at the time. He bit someone in the throat at his school that required stitches. There are long term consequences to ignoring bad behavior. Innocent people should not be exposed to a parent’s failure to respond. Disabled children have to learn to live in society, often this takes much more dicipline, not excuses. Nor should it be the school’s responsibility. Behavior issues start at home.

  • AC

    Essential information is missing from this story. Does the boy receive any treatment for his ADHD? Medications and/or therapy can help immeasurably. Or, do the boy’s parents take the fairytale path of hoping the boy simply will outgrow the condition? Further, it is possible that the child has been misdiagnosed and is struggling with a different health condition. I have two children with ADHD, and have the condition myself. The condition can be extremely difficult to live with (either as the patient or as someone nearby), but it certainly does not have to disrupt a child’s life to the extent that it appears to be disrupting Isaac’s.

  • greg shelburn

    It sounds like past experience was used to determine the validity of accidental scissor throwing and having the police on hand when this future criminals parent arrived. what do you think Larry and JBC…

  • Jessica

    If you don’t want your children disciplined in school, then DON’T ENROLL YOUR KIDS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. School isn’t just about learning math, science, history, etc. It’s also about learning social skills, which include DISCIPLINE. And I’m so sick and tired of parents getting angry when their children (who have done wrong and acted out,) are punished by their teachers. This kid wasn’t beaten, he was fairly punished for creating a WEAPON by throwing scissors. My husband has ADHD, and be NEVER would have thrown scissors. So stop cowering behind his disability, and start teaching him that actions have consequences.

  • Becka Goad

    I have a 12 yr old son with ADHD, as well as OCD, Asperger’s, and Tourette’s. I have often been called up to his school to deal with emotional meltdowns and classroom disruptions, and each time, my tactic has not been to rail at the teachers for removing my “little darling boy” from class. Instead, I have prefaced all of my visits to the school with calming him down, then asking my son just what happened, why he thinks it might have happened, and guiding him to acknowledge that although he was frustrated, annoyed or angry, there was a different way to handle the situation. Every visit so far has ended in much the same way: My son has calmly analyzed the incident, his responses, and other choices he could have made. Sometimes, the school has even pulled other kids out of class for a few minutes so my son could apologize for whatever his transgression was, teaching both my son and the other child that there are consequences to actions, and that the responsible thing to do is to make ammends.

    Of course, I have also insisted (from both my sons) that THEY are the ultimate arbiters of their fate, and that THEY have ultimate responsibility for every choice they make, good or bad. Because of this outlook, and the willingness to understand that my son, though I love him dearly, is NOT a perfect angel, my oldest (21) has grown up to be responsible and hard working, and my 12 yr old is currently testing at the collegiate level for mathematics, and making great strides toward comprehension of sympathy, empathy, and compassion for his fellow man. And as parents of any child can tell you, those are three of the hardest skills for all children to learn.

    • beenthere

      Becka – Bless you. You have my respect and admiration for the way you handle your children and their “differences”. As a school administrator, I have dealt with Life Skills students as well as mainstream and “normal” students. The hardest students to deal with, bar none, are those whose parents refuse to work with teachers and administrators – normal students or special needs students. As long as parents blame educators for their child’s problems, instead of working with educators, there will be problems. Students don’t need to be “fixed”; they need to be taught and blaming others or failing to teach is teaching…probably just not the lessons that were intended to be taught.

  • FRISCO12345

    GRAYHAWK I agree… these disabled children you drive around all day are problem children and they project their problems out there for the whole world to see. They must be problem children or they wouldn’t need their own special buses…right? With amazing and caring people like you driving them around ignoring all their “problems.” Shameful of them to project their problems out there for ALL to see…and thank God for you and your charity! I am soooo sorry you are forced to be another glorified babysitter! FRISCOMOMX2 I sooooo agree with you, I do NOT want to put my child in danger in the 7year-old classroom with those round blunt tip scissors which could be hurled at anytime by misbehaving disabled children. Also, we should get rid of all the other kids who tend to reduce my own child’s instruction time and are distractions…like those deaf kids. My God, who asked for some extra person in there having to do sign language just so that deaf kid could learn. Don’t they have special schools for that? Oh, and one year my kid was in the classroom with a kid who had just had surgery for a brain tumor. Yeah, I know he almost died, but goodness his hair never grew back and after the chemo and radiation, his behavior was so way off…he kept having seizures and that is SUCH a disruption! It is ridiculous! And DO NOT even get me started on those kids with peanut allergies…and asthma or even heart problems. It is not fair my son has to run all around that track at school and those kids never do. ANN I think what you have suggested is a long time coming. We should all take our kids out of public school until they remove ALL the disruptions. I think I may do that. My child is a blonde hair, Caucasian, blue eyed, male who is athletic and a straight A student who has never missed one question on the TAKS test and I feel maybe we should only have kids like him in the classroom! Everyone who is with me…STAND UP and say YEAH!!! And while we are at it…I want separate water fountains for my normal son!

    • churchgirl

      @frisco12345….really?!?!seriously?!?! What is wrong with all of you?

      • FRISCO12345

        CHURCHGIRL…Read my post again….

    • lonestarmom

      Frisco 12345-
      I bet you are really looking around for a wheelchair when your son has to run all that track, right? I get the point about the water fountain. Some of these folks seem to be in favor of restricting just who should and should not participate in schools. Wow, that reminds me of a ugly (not so long ago) past in this country.

      There was a segregation of people, and guess what? Brown v the Board of Education said “separate is not equal.” Not for anyone.

      With the autism epidemic that is our reality today, we will either educate all children, or we will be caring for them as a society when they are adults. Seems to be a no-brainer to me.

      Anyone on this list who is affliction free, and those of you who are blessed w/ healthy children, please be grateful. Gratitude breeds humbleness and patience.

      Gosh, it sure looks like we need both, and how.

    • Jodi Wheeler

      Isn’t that attitude a bit like Nazi Germany, where all the people that were considered worth anything was blond, blue-eyed, and with out faults? All i can say is the person I choose to follow says ” let you who so ever is without sin cast the first Stone” , yes, special needs child have their problems, but don’t we all? Special needs children are some of the most loving children after you get to seeing them not their diagnosis as is going on here by theses remarks, if you want to remove distractions from the classroom the you are going to have to break each grade level into groups based on IQ, then on how the child learns be it orally, verbally or tactility, the you will have to remove the children that are bullies or prejudice against people of other races and elasticities, and etc.

      • FRISCO12345

        My point exactly….lost on some! I am glad you understood the factiousness of my posting! Thank you!

      • Mark

        How about if we just take out the kids with violent tendencies. Throwing scissors is not the byproduct of a learning disability, it is the product of a child that is sure there are no consequences for his actions. If his disability stops him from having impulse control, why doesnt he stick himself with the scissors?? Because that would hurt(consequences).

    • Daddy D.

      “My child is a blonde hair, Caucasian, blue eyed, male who is athletic and a straight A student who has never missed one question on the TAKS test and I feel maybe we should only have kids like him in the classroom!”

      Isn’t the above the profile of one of the kids that shot up the school in Columbine?

      I’m just saying…..

      • frisco12345

        Actually, no.

      • lonestarmom

        Actually, that describes the guy who blew up OKC buildings- to a tee.

      • Texan

        What an ignorant statement (or group of statements actually)

        You’ve equated a school disciplining a child who made a bad choice…to Columbine, Hitler, and the OKC bombing?

        The child is black… are you sure you don’t want to pull the race card to? Perhaps elevate him to MLK status, or maybe even the next president? If it weren’t for FISD he would have been the next leader!! (shaking my head)

        You guys need a reality break. Kids that act out in this manner get the same treatment whether it be ADHD, anger management issues, bipolar disorder, etc… maybe even a kid that’s acting out because his parent are getting divorced. Of course… you know…that one kid who’s parents got divorced…Jeffery Dahmer? OMG! Maybe if the school had coddled him more he wouldn’t have been a deranged serial killer!!! (Gasp!)

        Stop trying to make crazy, FAR-REACHING associations. It only makes you look like a nut head.

      • lonestarmom

        Sadly, a society who does not care for/help the weakest members, is not much of a society.

    • sam

      You are a stupid jerk. You are boasting and bragging about your son being normal and other kids should be seperated from yor child because there not. Be careful how you look at other disabled children. Just because your child is normal now doesn’t mean things can’t change. I feel sorry for you and hope and pray you grow up!!!!!! Be careful what you say about people because no one deserves to be made fun of just because they have a disability. Moron!!!!!

      • sabrina

        Oh I see What you are saying Frisco 12345 You are right and who ever made those comments they are jerks.

    • Larry


      Frisco12345 is mocking the commenters that wrote harsh towards Isaac and his father. Love your humor man!! Great post!

      • FRISCO12345

        LARRY – Thank you! It’s called a hyperbole, and I assume many do not “hear” in their own writings how ignorant and absurd they sound in attacking this young child and his father. BTW I did not know he was not caucasian. But that did seem to hit some chords in a few posters. Wow.

    • sam

      Frisco 12345 You are a stupid jerk. You are bragging and boasting about how normal your child is and how disabled kids should not be associated with yor child. No one should be treated differently because of there disabilities. Don’t ever brag and boast because you have a normal child. Why? Because things could soon change. I feel very sorry for you. I hope and pray you grow up!!!!! Who cares if your child is a blonde hair, caucasian , blue eyed male? He has a white stupid parent. Moron!!!! No let’s get seperate water fountains for people that are infected with ignorance. You Frisco 12345!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • FRISCO12345

        It’s called a hyperbole.

    • JBC

      I love that your amazing post on the absurdity of some of the views here was *completely and totally LOST* on these “geniuses” who seem to think they know something about kids with special needs and the education system. Perhaps they spent so much time learning to be perfect that they didn’t have time to learn about sarcasm during their own educations.

    • FriscoMomx2

      Let me get this straight… You assume that because I hold a view opposite of yours, I must be opposed to all special needs children being in a mainstream classroom? And that I have no experience with or compassion for people who are deaf or who have undergone chemo and radiation? You are wrong on all accounts. This child, whether he has special needs or not, has posed a danger to the other children in his classroom multiple times through the year. The school gave him multiple opportunities to prove that he could handle a mainstream environment. At some point, the school district has to consider the needs of the other children in the classroom and the school. I realize that I will not change your opinion, and I respect your right to hold an opposite view. But please don’t make assumptions about me and the others who disagree with you, and try to make this into a “water fountain” issue.

  • SF

    It’s sad to hear some of the comments people make without knowing all of the facts. Some of you assume he actually “threw” the scissors. Ever thought that maybe he was playing around and they accidentally slipped out of his hand? Even still, many kids who don’t have disabilities throw scissors or pencils and do kid stuff like that. How many of us didn’t pull stupid dangerous stuff in school or with our siblings when we were kids? Doesn’t necessarily mean the kid should be in a Special Education class. Besides, I’m sure there’s much more to to the story than what we’ve heard here in 5 minutes.

  • lonestarmom

    Anyone on this list who is affliction free, and those of you who are blessed w/ healthy children, please be grateful.

    Gratitude breeds humbleness and patience.

    Gosh, it sure looks like we need both, and how!

  • RM

    I agree that you Frisco “MOM”s need to do some light reading tonight on education law. I know the very nature of a disability is not something the child has the ability to control. If he could, he would not have been diagnosed with a disability. The child has the right to remain in the least restrictive enviroment due to FEDERAL law. His disability has absolutely NOTHING to do with any lack of discipline on his father’s part.
    The school is cutting the special education budget so fast that the children with disabilities are left with no one to help them. The school’s response is to label them as either Emotionally Disturbed or have the police on standby so they are in turn labeled as “behavior” problems, and therefore shifting the responsibility unfairly from the school district to the parents. I urge you to contact your state senator to ask for more funding for special ed classrooms. For example, the rate of autism has dramatically increased while the funding for special ed has crashed. It is no wonder that Texas ranks about 49th in the nation for help for families with special needs children. What a tragedy for these children who want nothing but to be your definition of “normal”. Hug your children tight and again thank God your family does not have to fight for your disabled child!

    • JBC

      This story is only one of thousands like it in this state every year. And very few have the means or knowledge to fight the districts for not following the laws. You’re dead on, RM. Without funding, these kids have even less of a chance than they ever did to be successful and learn the skills needed to lead full and productive lives. Edison, Einstein were both on the autism spectrum. Where would be now if they spent their school years being threatened with calling the police every time they misbehaved or acted inappropriately in school? Texas is an absolute disgrace when it comes to serving students with special needs.

  • Dr. Robb

    I completely support Dr. Clay with his struggle
    with the school district to obtain a quality
    education for his son. Isaac is entitled to be educated
    in the least restrictive environment. Since the
    school decided that the regular
    classroom is the best placement every available
    service needs to be implemented to make this
    happen. Schools often tout the benefits of inclusion.
    Now is the time to demonstrate this to the Clay
    family. Unfortunately, many schools resort
    to blaming the parents, calling the police,
    calling Child Protective Services, and threatening
    alternative school. Let’s support Dr. Clay and Isaac,
    and keep our eye on the outcome.

    Dr. Bill Robb
    Executive Director
    Newfound School

    • beenthere

      Dr. Robb, I found very little to argue with in your comment. My question is where are you getting your “many schools resort to….” information? Do you have access to reports/data that can help to define “many”? I know that there are some reports available and I also know that opinions and/or statistics can be misleading. One last question…how much experience do you have in public schools and as a public school administrator? I looked up Newfound School and wonder if your position as the Executive Director of a private school that works with special needs students – exclusively? – has any bearing on your point of view.

  • FRISCO12345

    Yes, you are right! I did not get many replies to my post. So, I am thinking it hit home for some and made them think about their outlandish and audacious comments! Perhaps it made a few people think about their own struggles and their own experiences wherein they felt the piercing evil of discrimination and closed-mindedness and, as such, felt the shame they should for their very narrow thinking! It should be a no brainer about being able to educate all children equally, but some people feel as though others are not equal to them and theirs! They profess their own religion, their own rights, their own______ (fill in the blank) and in their near-sightedness, do little to protect the rights and freedoms of those who are in need, but I guarantee you will be the first in line when they have needs. Given the mentality of these few, it is not surprising to me the horrendous comments I have witnessed on this page!

    Years ago before the 1975 act for special education for all children with disabilities my mother went up to my brothers school and found him sweeping the floors with the janitor. He WAS NOT in the classroom! Needless to say she pulled him out of that school and had to pay to have him be provided instruction in reading, writing and arithmetic in a special and very expensive school. There was no protection for his disability in the public schools. He deserved to learn just as much as the next person. Yes, he sometimes did impulsive things. Yes, he was not average and had significant difficulties with attention, learning and behavior. But he was a human being, a son, a brother and a although he had fetal alcohol syndrome due to his biological mothers alcoholism, hydrocephalus, seizures, attentional deficits and speech impairments, he saw himself as normal, average and regular! Which breaks my heart that anyone would think he should drink out of a different water fountain based upon the way he looks, thinks or talks!

  • Larry


    Thanks SF and Dr. Robb. Children will be children. I’m not condoning Isaac’s behavior if a pair of scissor was throw across the room; however you just do not throw this child away either. He deserves to be educated! FISD fueled the matter by isolating Isaac and then calling the police.

    • Scott

      They “fueled” the matter by following protocol. They most likely cleared the room, or moved him to an unoccupied room until his father could arrive…I am sure he was NOT alone in that room if it was an emtpy classroom, or if it was a behavior room, he was still being monitored.

      Again… all things aside. Dad needs to stop feeding himself and his child this load about being “disabled”….or the kid will walk with that crutch forever. I know a lot of adults who had ADD and ADHD before it became a headliner illness…and they didnt get any special treatment…they managed to make it just fine through life, punishment in school, and everything…

    • lonestarmom

      The fuel was that FISD planned to send the young child to alternative school.

      Have you ever read a Texas case study named “From the School House to the Jail House”?

      Check it out my friend.

  • Frisco Dad

    I know this situation very well, as I have a child in Isaac’s class who was there for the scissors incident and many others. My child has come home from class almost daily for most of the schoolyear with stories about disruptions caused by Isaac. The school has been overly tolerant of these issues to the detriment of the other students. My only complaint is that this sort of action was not taken sooner. It’s a shame that schools must operate in fear of lawsuits or negative news stories and thus don’t take swifter action while the remainder of the class has to suffer.

    • Particle

      Agreed – parents shouldn’t have to hear “I’m sorry, we can’t tell you anything about what happened in your child’s classroom today because of privacy laws”, despite the fact that the child repeatedly comes home crying because of incidents involving a particular problem child and can’t effectively communicate exactly what happened that has him/her so upset. When entire classrooms are repeatedly evacuated because a particular child has lost self-control and is fighting with his/her teacher, obviously something needs to change. I applaud the school for (finally) taking action and removing this problem child from the classroom.

  • Ja

    The degree of differing comments does not surprise me. Special Education students (ADHD, etc…) are impulsive (Hyperactive). Back in my younger days, there wasn’t a name for it. I believe it was classified as a “High Spirited Child.” These kids are not seeking attention, quite the opposite. They do not choose to stand out from the crowd. Any parent that has an ADHD child will knows this. They also know that their child is bullied and made fun of, on a daily basis. I have to wonder if this child hit to protect himself. Did the scissors fly off his hand because of fine motor delays (often accompany ADHD)? A child does not have just one learning difference. ADHD is not the only learning difference that this child has. Thank god for the special education laws. This child is a natural at multitasking and will be very valuable in the business world once he graduates from college. He will be a leader, because he will know how to treat people with compassion and dignity, unlike the way he is being treated. You should heed my words, because, we all grow up after surviving K through 12. The parents of the children that think it is ok to torment or bully “us”, mark my words. Your kids will be begging us for a job. They will be given a chance to show that they have matured and grown up too.

    For those speaking out that has never experienced or has ignored their child’s learning differences, shouldn’t speak of something you know nothing about or refuse to educate yourself in.

    More and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD and ADD simply because of the preservatives in our foods today. These students are not the true ADHD / ADD students. There is a difference.

  • Rachel Ballio Henderson

    As a mom of a child with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Expressive language disorder I can relate as to why this parent is upset. Most of you cant relate having a child with these diagnosis’s. Its hard to get a school to help your child. Especially when schools are uneducated on how to deal with these kids. Have some compassion for these kids. Its not their fault. We as parents are doing are best to help them.

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