After police were summoned to Madison Middle School May 8 to help with a lunchroom fight, a North Platte mom says the school system needs to do more to stop bullying.In the fight, Corrine Morrow’s 12-year-old son allegedly slapped and cussed at another boy who was provoking him. Police were called and the boy was taken to the police station until mom arrived.
Morrow said her son is socially autistic. She believes a few kids at the school are picking on him.
The trouble really started April 6, she said, when her son had a major meltdown in school during recess. Morrow said her son "lost control of his higher cognitive thinking" and lashed out. He ended up passing out on the sidewalk.
She said her son has been harassed since. A couple weeks later, some of the class managed to shut the classroom door while the teacher was out of the room and verbally harass her son.
Later, they wrote him letters of apology.
Morrow said Madison Principal Danny McMurtry and Special Services Administrator Christie Copper have done a great job, but she is concerned the school has not done more, such as set up a meeting between herself and the parents of the children who are apparently bullying her son. She also said the boys should be separated into different classrooms.
And, she wants specific state laws to deal with kids who bully someone with a disability.
“Up until December he was getting good grades,” she said. “He is very intelligent, but then the kids started getting to him, and his grades have slipped.”
She also said a support group for parents of autistic children is needed, but there are none in Lincoln County.
“We don’t have a decent child psychologist or psychiatrist in town that is covered by Medicaid or just focuses on children,” she said. “The parents get help through the school system, but they are stretched too thin.”
Morrow has contacted PTI Nebraska -- parent/professionals who are available to talk about special education and disabilities.