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I understand what it is you are saying...if they refused to "assist" the parents with determining/making arrangements for the childs learning disability, then yes the district should be held accountable. My interpretation of the article was that the parents were upset because the school didn't do ALL the work to see if the child had ADHD. I firmly believe that too much blame is placed on a teacher when children do poorly in school and too many parents just want to push off the responsibility onto someone else. I also feel that too many kids are just "given" the diagnosis of ADHD by primary care physicians when the criteria (according to the DSM) isn't present.
So I'm confused, why is it solely up to the school to determine if the child has a disability like ADHD? With all that was said in the article, nothing was brought up about the actions taken by the parents to see if there was something wrong with their child. I don't feel as if this is solely the responsibility of the school district. Education is a two way street between parent and school; and if behavioral problems were noticed that early in the child's life and it became detrimental to his learning capabilities the parents should have taken a more proactive role. Especially if he was suspended at that young of an age. Yet another case of blaming someone else for parental oversight.
I would love to know who is on this "committee" because I have a few valuable ideas myself on this issue. For starters, I would like to know which ordinance it is that states the Fulton PD officers and pick and choose which ordinances that they will follow based solely on their perceptions of the situations. They need to educate themselves on animal behaviors; just because a dog "wags it's tail" does not mean that it is not a vicious animal...I could/would personally give them a print out of specific behaviors to look for if I thought for one second that it would get read. But, egos do tend to get in the way...and who you know in the community.
*UPDATE* Just thought that I would share with everyone that Mickey gets to come home to us on Monday the 4th!! It proved to be a very long and stressing situation, but after reminding the prosecuting attorneys (still not sure why they were even involved) of the city's ordinances and bringing up the descrepencies in the actions of the city officials involved, they decided that there was no reason for Mickey to be put down. So, our prayers were answered!! Thank you to every one that voiced their opinion, and those that called on our behalf, your support meant the world to my family!! (And it very much annoyed others!!)
As much as I dislike to point out the obvious, Maj. Rice was mistaken when he quoted the City of Fulton Ordinance for the pitt bull that attacked my dog. Sec. 14-1 Definitions, under Part II- Code; Article I states that he was a vicious animal by the cities definition.
Dangerous animal means:
Any animal which, according to the records of the police or animal control officer has inflicted severe injury on a human being without provocation on public or private property;
Any animal which bites or otherwise injures any person or domestic animal or pet;
Any animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of animal fighting or any animal trained for animal fighting;
Any dog, not owned by a governmental or law enforcement unit, used primarily to guard public or private property;
Any animal which habitually snaps at, growls or otherwise manifests a disposition to bite, attack or injure any person or domestic animal or pet; or
Any animal which causes any person to have a reasonable fear of immediate serious physical injury
I would also like to point out this section of the same ordinance:
No animal may be declared dangerous if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person or animal who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other wrongdoing upon the premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the animal or who was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the animal or who has, in the past, been observed or reported to have teased, tormented, abused or assaulted the animal or who was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
So why was my dog called a "vicious/dangerous animal" and pulled from our home and left for the city to decide if he or isn't dangerous and whether or not he will be euthanized? And the dog that attacked him in our front yard is living free in his home somewhere; and the owner never had to produce proof of vaccination for rabbies either. Just wondering.
another key point that was left out of this story is that the pittbull, named "Goliath", was just released back to this family that friday from the animal control...in order to clear out a pen for the weekend if it were needed...but it has been left unclear as to why the dog was there to begin with and whether or not it stayed its alotted time...they just needed pen space for the weekend. so when officer cremer assisted the owner in walking it home, he obviously determined this incident (goliath attacking mickey in our front yard) to not be serious enough in nature to use that open pen....sad, truely sad.
it's reassuring to know that not everyone thinks that my "mickey", a.k.a. "mickey mouse"; is a horrible monster dog that should be slaughtered. (he's only a year and half old) this article in no way does the entire story justice. this little boy was out there when his dog attacked mine and cheered him on saying "kill em, kill em". it's astounding the measures that it took to get this pittbull to release my dog's neck; on top of that it's scary. nothing of the usual sort would work, it just kept on attacking. and it was horriffing the look that was in Mickey's eyes as this animal was on him; it was just like looking into the eyes of a terrified child, and the sounds that were coming from him will always be in head! as logical as i'm attempting to be, this is devastating to me...mickey was rescued from the side of the road, the only pup left alive, and we weren't sure that he was going to make it, and then he bloomed to be this huge huggable, lovable, teddy bear of a dog that we are going to be lost for a long time without. my 5 yr old used him as a pillow to watch tv and play games, my 7 yr old played dress up with him (i wish i could post pictures, the superman pajamas were priceless!), and he was my 12 yr olds best friend and sleeping partner. to top it all off, our 5 yr old boxer hasn't eaten since mickey was taken; she misses her buddy too. at least the shelter is letting us see him and walk him and take him treats, they were worried because he never went to the bathroom in his cage--well duh!! he was trained not too!!! he was also my yoga buddy...he was under the impression that i did all those freaky moves just to play with him!! somehow i don't think my household will be the same...for a long time. but, again, thank you for your comment.
this is horrible. you are portraying my dog to be a monster!! you never identified yourself as being a reporter of any sort and never should have been allowed to enter my home to take pictures of my dog!! you should be thankful that I was at work at the time because you would never have been allowed access to my home or any of my family members. but rest assured, seemings how you are unable to print what was said, we want out dog!!! but due to events, in whole, that took place I made a devastating decision to have him put down after his quarantine is over. so thank you so very much for publishing the half truth, and causing yet even more pain and heartbreak for my family. i believe in public awareness to the fullest.....BUT SAY IT RIGHT AND CORRECT!
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