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Helping a Bullied Child

Helping a Bullied Child

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Published by Victoria Marinelli
Helping a Bullied Child
Helping a Bullied Child

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Published by: Victoria Marinelli on May 24, 2013
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11/21/11 Helping a Bullied Child1/4washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article//AR2006021400793_pf.html
Helping a Bllied Child
B Ja MathewsWashington Post Staff Writer Tuesda, Februar 14, 2006 11:06 AM
One da in Ma 2004, a student at Short Pump ElementarSchool in Henrico Count, Va., walked up to fourth-grader David Henck in the cafeteria and said, "It would be a holda if ou were shot dead b a sniper."That single incident would have been bothersome enough toDavid and his parents, Bill and Leigh Henck, but it was notthe first time children at Short Pump Elementar had beencruel to David. He has Asperger Sndrome, aneurobiological disorder marked in part b social clumsiness. He was, as his father put it, a bull magnet, and his parents did not think the school was doing enough to help him.I am telling this stor based almost entirel on Bill Henck's account. I asked the Henrico Count school sstemfor a response, but at first got onl two short and relativel general statements from the superintendent, which didnot surprise me in the least. I have been investigating several cases of communication between parents andschool officials in difficult circumstances, and the standard official response to the parents, and to an reporterswho might inquire, is often as little a response as possible.I don't blame the school officials for this. It seems to me, and the biarre twists of the Henck case buttress thatimpression, that the educators are doing onl what their lawers tell them to do. I don't have an cure for this, butI think relating what happened to the Hencks, and how the achieved the momentar but still remarkablemilestone of getting the Short Pump Elementar principal indicted for perjur, will dramatie what an awful problem we have in parent-school relationships, and how it might be a good time to get people other thanattornes involved.The tale of David Henck and the bullies of Short Pump Elementar began long before what the hearing officer intheir special education transfer case called "the sniper incident." Students had been mean to David throughout hisfourth-grade ear, but he did not tell his parents about it until Februar 2004. When his parents called histeacher, she admitted that she "was aware of earlier incidents of bulling, but had not notified us," Bill Henck said. The teacher was not identified publicl and not made available for comment.At least three students harassed David. He told his parents he regularl informed the teacher of what washappening, and more than once she spoke to the students and sent them to the principal's office. But after thesniper incident, the Hencks decided their child, because of his disabilit, had to transfer to another school for hissafet and mental health, a decision that the felt was particularl wise when the learned later that the child whomade the sniper comment was never given detention or even a suspension for that offense.When the Hencks made the transfer request, common under special education rules, the Henrico Count officials
 
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 S P,   S P,      D,      . T H  D                        $9,950     2004-2005  .M                   . A  ,           '   ,                 ,                 T W.I                              . O           ,         . A     ,       ,       ,   ,    ,       . S           ,         .A  B H, T T,     H C '        ,              H  ,               .B H         H      . H T     L H           O 2004. H  T      '      ,       . L H     "L,"    T    "L"     , "O, I' . D I   ?"T,  25-     ,     "  ."H : "I '      M. H' ,     M. H'           . F,         ,  -   -        ."D  , B H ,   , R O,       . H  W S. F J.,    H          ,   '          D,     O."M. O     ,    ," F      . "M           ."F  O "      D'                         ,"   O'                  ."M. O                  D," F .
 
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I    B H  ,             . S    . H           . B    H                         .A       H                        . H    : H                '   H, H        ,     L G, '  N K C. G    ,   H,       O  N. 14, 2005,      .T  '   . I          V                     . T H'                  ,    ,        $100,000          $9,950.I          B H' , H C   FS. M IV    . T     : "W    M. O                     . H,                           . W    H C P S          ,         ,         ."H     : "O                    '  --   , ,        . T  ,        , , ,      . H,  ,                ,             . W       ,       I  ,     . W              ."A       , M    . H     "     '           . A    ' ,          '   . T                                . I ,                . A  IEP [  ]                ,           ."H  F    H'           ? M        . T ,       

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