Bullying In Schools

Bullying In Schools

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 3-Apr-2013

Bullying in schools should never be tolerated. A teacher bullying a special needs child in school is unfathomable.

Jason is an 8 year old child, who was born with an underdeveloped heart. He attended a class for disabled students at Skycrest Elementary School in Clearwater Florida. Jason started complaining about “A big bully” in class that pushed him to the floor. A few months later, Cotie Andrade (Jason’s mother) learned that the “Big Bully” was Jason’s teacher.

“What scares me is that he trusted her. The things that she did are unspeakable and shouldn’t be done to any child, let alone a child that is physically or mentally handicapped. My son tried to tell me that there was this ‘big bully’ in his class for the last few months. I now know who that bully was.” said Andrade.

Melanie Jo Fox was Jason’s teacher. She has been charged with two felony counts of child abuse, including physically abusing Jason Andrade and a 6 year old disabled little girl in her class. Accusations include – pushing Jason down and bounding his wrists, kicking the little girl, binding her hands, hitting her in the head with a book and pulling her hair.

When speaking to Judge Dorothy Vaccaro, Fox said, “I’ve never been in trouble in nine years, in my teaching career. I’ve never had a problem. These are strictly allegations.” Judge Vaccaro ordered Fox be held on $20,000 bail and denied Fox’s request to be released on her own recognizance.

Additionally, other school employees could face legal implications, particularly two teachers aids who supposedly stood by and watched Fox abuse the students for almost two months.

“This could have been stopped, we didn’t need two months of physical and mental damage.” Said Andrade

Sadly, abuse and negligent care of special needs students has become disturbingly prominent issues.

At The Maher Law Firm, it is our desire to educate and empower parents, educators, doctors, therapists and community partners in the spirit of advocacy and commitment to those with special needs and their families. We consider it a privilege to represent families of special needs children. If you or a loved one has questions concerning an special needs family member, please don't hesitate to phone us at (407) 871-6141.

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