I don’t know if the particular walker she was using was in poor shape or what, but the special education director at the five-year-old’s school told the mother the girl couldn’t use her walker at school anymore;
The mother of a child with cerebral palsy is preparing to file a lawsuit against a school district after she says a special education director told her that her five-year-old daughter can no longer use her walker at school.
Kristi Roberts, the girl’s mother, reportedly recorded the conversation with the director Gary Lemley and uploaded it to YouTube. She said she did so as a last resort after two years of arguing with the district about her daughter’s care.
“Basically she can’t use the walker because we don’t think it’s safe,” Lemley is reportedly heard saying on the audio recording.
Lakay Roberts, 5, has been using a walker at Kings Manor Elementary School in Houston for the past two years. She recently fell in the parking lot when the equipment collapsed.
“How many kids fall down at recess? Do you make them take their shoes off and buy new ones?” asked Roberts. “No ma’am. They’re not using walkers,” Lemley said, according to the report.
The walker collapsed, and the school’s special education director deemed it unsafe.
The girl’s mother uploaded the video of her conversation with Lemley (embedded below) to YouTube, it includes the girl’s first steps and home movies, etc. The pertinent part with the spec. ed. director begins at 2:06. The video was (I think) obviously produced to elicit sympathy for the little girl, a prelude for a lawsuit.
She’s a cute kid, too.
Okay, so now what? Is the walker unsafe because it’s worn out (the mother says the girl has used it for the last two years – and argued about it for that long, according to the Fox write-up) and it just needs replacing, or is the special education director, Gary Lemley, just being mean to a little girl and rude to her mom?
If the girl just needs a new walker, I’m sure I’d kick in a couple bucks to help her get one as would others. If this is just a get-rich quick setup involving suing a school district and taking tax money from all our kids, I don’t think that’s right. If Gary Lemley is being an ass, that’s fixable. Fire him or discipline him, but school budgets aren’t a deep pocket everybody can just scoop money out of.
I started out writing this as an “Ah HA! Bad school!” post, but now I’m not so sure about that. Something smells funny.