My daughter and I have been through the ringer in dealing with HCPSS. My daughter is being bullied & tormented by another child who attends her school & lives in our community. This other child has assaulted my daughter on multiple occasions. She has also attempted to sexually violate my daughter on multiple occasions. She has also spread ungodly rumors about my daughter at school & in our community. What’s sad is that my daughter is only 8 years old whereas the other child is 9. The bullying is so out of hand that my daughter is afraid to go to school or even outside & play in our community. To make matters worse is that the other child’s parents have stalked, harassed, & threatened us with acts of physical violence, murder, & made mockeries of my disability status. I submitted an out of District Transfer Request to Ron Morris, HCPSS Director of Elementary Education on 11/9/15. Mr. Morris advised me that he was not the decision authority of such requested but that he would advocate on my behalf. I followed up in speaking with Maryanne Thomas, School Reassignment Specialist on 11/20/15 in sharing our story of torment and fear of public safety with my daughter being at Longfellow Elementary. Nevertheless Ms. Thomas displayed a casual, nonchalant, and non-compassionate response to our plight. Having said that, she advised me that it she had the paperwork, that she was getting ready to leave for the afternoon, that she would look at it upon her return to duty, and that it would take approximately 2-4 weeks to process. I was visibly shaken and flabbergasted by her lack of compassion in knowing our story as I truly fear(ed) for my daughter. As a result, I decided to go above her head in reaching out directly to Dr. Renee Foose, HCPSS Superintendent, Christine O’Connor, Howard County Board of Education Chariman, Ellen Flynn Giles, Vice Chairman, Ann Delacey, Janet Saddiqui, Cindy Vaillancourt, and the HCPSS Ombudsmen regarding the matter. However unfortunate as it may be I only received a response and compassion from Ms. Vaillancourt. Consequently I then reached out to Dr. Michael Ford, School Safety Specialist, MD State Department of Education regarding these matters Dr. Ford has been compassionate in an effort to bring forth a resolution yet his hands were tied as he lacked authority to enforce action upon HCPSS
Consequently I felt compelled to reach out to President Obama, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Congressmen Donna Edwards, Congressmen Guy Guzzone, Congressmen Nancy Pelosi, Delegate Frank Turner, Delegate Warren Miller, and Allan Kittlemen, Howard County Executive. President Obama responded twice. He first responded in sending me a letter in advising me of various resources to use to combat bullying. He responded a second time in forwarding an executive action to the US State Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights to commence an investigation against HCPSS for violation of Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504. This complaint is currently under investigation.
Congressmen Elijah Cummings also responded to my complaint as well.
Everything stated within goes hand-in-hand with the petition to not renew Renee Foose’s contract (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cut-foose-loose). The Howard County Board of Education has used various strategies to try and discredit those who have signed the petition and the factors stated within. However I do not believe that White House and Congressional action should be dare be discredited. The issues in Howard County Public Schools are horrible. We have to get the news out to the public regarding such matters.
A Humble Man and Father