First of all, let's ignore the fact that he does not have self-injurious behaviors at home. And hasn't for a long time. That's not to say that in frustration he won't sometimes bang his head on the couch cushion- but I have not seen him hit his head on the floor in years.
The fact that I am NOT going to ignore is this happened when he was in a room with four other spectrummy kids. Him and one of those other boys require 1:1 support in all locations and times of the day. There were two ed techs in the room. And neither of them have worked with Brian one-on-one. And I still don't have a clear explanation of how it was handled when he threw himself into a tantrum.
The fact of the matter is I wrote the school on Monday- two days prior to this incident- with concerns about staffing and his LEGAL IEP not being met. And heard no response.
Needless to say Brian has not been back to school since Wednesday. And he will not go back until I am told his IEP is being met and I do not have to be concerned about his safety.
It's ridiculous that I am getting absolutely zero communication from the principal, the district's special education director, or our superintendent. It's crazy that I had to take the step to call Disability Rights of Maine. It's insane that I now have other parents of children in the program calling me with concerns. It's a huge red-flag that our special education teacher is resigning a month into the school year. Things are happening. There's going to be change.
It is what you have to do as a parent of a child on the spectrum. As a parent of a child who can't tell me what happens during his day. A child that is not going to be just swept through the school system. This parent won't allow it.