4J keeps me out of school

4J is discriminating

Jared is a 10-year-old child with a disability who is currently being prevented from accessing his education in the 4J school district. Beginning in February 2010, McCornack elementary in Eugene began the use of dangerous, unnecessary physical restraints and seclusion in response to behaviors that are consistent with Jared’s disability. Predictably, the teacher/student relationship deteriorated until in May of 2010, Jared’s mother witnessed 2 adults holding Jared face down on the floor of his classroom. Instead of working collaboratively with Jared’s family to find ways to support Jared, the district discriminated against Jared based on his disability when they unilaterally removed him from school in violation of Federal Law. Though Jared’s family has participated proactively in numerous district meetings over the past 7 months, 4j continues to use deception and intimidation to justify Jared’s continued removal from school.

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update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:42 PM

...to superintendent of Lane ESD. Further updates will be forthcoming. In addition, a web page is being developed that will contain the specific evidence to validate these claims. And yes, 4j is still using restraint and seclusion at an alrming rate.

update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:39 PM

...infact, in the midst of the "due process" hearing, 3 of the accused were nominated for the Eugene area ACE (A Champion of Education) award and 1 of them won the award. In addition, the implicated 4j special education director was promoted...

update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:34 PM

...Jared is currently forced to recieve sanctuary at a local charter school. Though sworn testimony clearly indicates that 4j staff violated a variety of state and federal laws there has been no disciplinary action taken agianst the 4j employees...

update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:31 PM

...the family won the due process case and was awarded compensitory education services including trauma counseling for the abuse he suffered at the hands of his teachers at McCornack elementary; however, 4j has refused to comply with the order...

update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:27 PM

Though the parent requested an investigation of the abuses, 4j superintendent George Russell failed to adequetly investigate situation and when the parent apealed, the school board turned a blind eye to the avaialbel evidence and refused investigatio

update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:24 PM

...It was discovered that the illegal use of restraint and seclusion(R&S) occured over four-years and included, a prone restraint, being held down in a chair, locked in a closet with the lights off and numerous other documented events...

update says ... on Tuesday, Apr 3 at 3:20 PM

After nearly two years, Jared is still held out of school and forced to seek sanctuary at a local charter school where he continues to be successful. Through many months of "due process" hearings, what was discovered is astonishing.

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Jan 12 at 5:20 PM

any updates?

lancespring says ... on Saturday, Dec 11 at 12:38 AM

Well, there will be a forum this coming Tuesday night 12/14 in the Eugene City Council Chambers from 7pm to 9pm, to discuss either a city wide sales tax, or city income tax, in order to fund the schools. Which new tax do the citizens of Eugene want?

Old "realistic" Teacher says ... on Friday, Dec 10 at 2:56 PM

Wow, you ARE new! Because we KNOW better, does not mean we can DO better, unless the public decides fund education. Until then, we do the best we can and hope to minimize the damage to children. I admire your idealism! Stay strong!

new sped teacher says ... on Friday, Dec 10 at 9:40 AM

...in on is incredibly dangerous and has killed! We need to make sure that children are not exposed to this kind of treatment even if they are dangerous, they are still children that need help. This is 2010, Eugene does know better.

new sped teacher says ... on Friday, Dec 10 at 9:13 AM

I think Kval should look into this. Ridiculous posts aside, if there is a chance that this family has experienced what they say they have, this is very serious. These are children we are talking about. The restraint the mother allegedly walked...

lancespring says ... on Friday, Dec 10 at 1:34 AM

Hopefully KVAL will shut down comments here. This discussion has devolved into idiotic banter now.

Clint Eastwood says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 11:48 PM

I know what yer thinkin'. Do I have a kiddo in the seclusion room already or not. But what you gotta ask yourself now is, do ya feel lucky, punk? Do ya?

John Wayne says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 11:42 PM

Sorry, but if we can't laugh at the systematic mistreatment of children, what can we laugh at?

new sped teacher says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 11:32 PM

Making jokes is not going to help students with disabilities have a safe environment at school. Come on people, if 4j is using restraint and seclusion in a way that is dangerous to kiddos, people need to know and take it seriously. This is very sad.

John Wayne says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 11:24 PM

You can lead a kid to school, but you can't make him learn....well...uh...without restraints and seclusion. That'll learn 'em!

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 11:18 PM

I guess some kids need to be locked in a closet. No child left behind, or else!

new sped teacher says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:56 PM

4j has benefited! a constant influx of free student teachers, PBIS, direct instruction curriculum for example. 4j has access to top of the line research based behavioral models, curriculum and interventions. Why are there seclusion rooms in 4j? WHY?

lancespring says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:45 PM

Who is this man Jeff Sprague? How much power and influence does he have at the University of Oregon? Perhaps someone should contact him and let him know about this case.

lancespring says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:38 PM

Has the University of Oregon's Special Ed department even ever offered to provide assistance to the 4J District? How can they be such great experts, if they are not even working with local school districts? Remember that the 4J District is broke.

Refocus Rooms says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:22 PM

A positive place for kids to go when they need a break to destress. Calming place where the lights are low and soothing music is played. Somewhere is there that can encourage work to be done without secluding or threatening. Change the environment

PBIS works says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:20 PM

4J schools profess that they use the PBIS school-wide discipline in their schools. Why are there still seclusion rooms in their schools? Bethel district has Refocus Rooms where kids can go to destress.

dark ages? says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:18 PM

University of Oregon sits in the 4J; it is the 2nd highest University for Special Ed.! It is cutting edge in Positive Behavior Management and yet 4j doesn't get it or haven't had Jeff Sprague and company do a presentation.

another school dist. says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:14 PM

I am a special ed. teacher and have had to deal with many students with disabilities that deal with behavior. My district doesn't and has never had seclusion rooms. Using these rooms for non-compliant behavior is ridiculous!

Redrummer says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 8:00 PM

I don't like that 4j can't resolve this issue, and instead they are wasting TAX PAYER'S MONEY. For god sakes, 4j is talking about closing schools and cutting teachers pay, yet they have money for this? Really?

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 4:16 PM

Perhaps it is just not news!

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 4:08 PM

Has KVAL decided not to do the story or is there no evidence that any of these claims are true?

lancespring says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 2:37 PM

KVAL is not doing stories on "waterfalls" Those are just photos uploaded by Whitehawk, a KVAL viewer like ourselves. KVAL is certainly aware of this story, but they have decided not to do a story on it. You cannot bully them into making a report.

jpc says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 10:56 AM

It is such injustice that 4j can even get away with all this thus far. A basic education is a right in our country the last time I checked, that includes people with disabilities. I am amazed that this type of marginalization is still acceptable.

huh? says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 10:37 AM

Because a school district can't talk about this story, does that mean that the public shouldn't know that this is happening? Is there a forum for families to let other families know about the poor decisions that districts are making with there kids.

Make it public says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 10:03 AM

disabilities. While KVAL does stories on waterfalls, children and teachers are being mistreated. Priorities? Anyone else have suggestions on research or anything that will help flesh this story out for KVAL. Anyone else want to "break" this story?

Make it Public says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 9:59 AM

The only way to make budget accurate budget decisons is for the Public to know that the corners that are being cut are causing a crisis that is causing psychological and phsyical trauma to all students, but is disproportionally affecting children

Make it public says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 9:48 AM

funding for special programs, instead of restructuring last night at the School Board meeting. KVAL could talk to the union and check thier perspective. This is a story of one students experience, but there are many others that are going through this

Make it public says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 9:43 AM

They could talke to the oregon department of education about current complaints from oregon where serious injuries have resulted from the unrestricted use of r&s and how they are remedying the situation. KVAL could talk with u of o researchers

Make it public says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 9:39 AM

4J can provide information on thier behavioral programs in general. How many programs? Where they are? How many restraints and seclusion? KVAL Should get video of elem behavior classroom including seclusion rooms and talk to teachers about best

lancespring says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 6:02 AM

" KVAL, Get both sides of the story and make it public, so there can be an honest discourse." Can't Imagine: For some reason, KVAL has shown absolutely no interest at all in doing a news report about this story. I don't know why.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 12:15 AM

ys. It seems like a simple solution for the future would be video cameras in special ed classrooms, not that it would help in this case. just some late night thoughts (:

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 12:12 AM

provide any tutoring or schooling while the legal stuff is going on? I hope all works out for the best for all involved, but mostly for your son. To the people below if the district can't comment legally then KVAL can only get the family's side anywa

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 12:06 AM

others" Does that mean he did hurt some people and just not seriously or were you just using whats in the legal codes. From what I know no child left behind has done more leaving behind than before. Have you tried home school? Does the district

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Dec 9 at 12:03 AM

It is a broken system. There is no holistic place for children with special needs and unfortunately with budget cutback there will be even less. If you don't mind me asking....You said there "threat of imminent, serious physical harm to himself or

not a 4J teacher says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 7:18 PM

We are told that all children can learn and threatend with losing our jobs if we can't get them all above benchmarks. Feds keep increasing expectations and decreasing funding. I am sorry it is your son that has to be "left behind," did you vote!

not a 4J teacher says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 7:12 PM

As a teacher, I am always surprised when parents, who have little understand what teachers are up against are shocked when they cant keep sending there "disabled" chid to school and automatically blame the teachers.

Mlee70 says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 4:39 PM

After reading through these comments, it is truly concerning how quick 'some' people are to blame the child, while ignorantly assuming the school district has done everything "right". The school district can't even manage a budget. That's reality.

cetwale says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 2:22 PM

Anyone else have a child in an 4j grade school? Worried?

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 2:19 PM

behavior that poses a threat of imminent, serious physical harm to himself or others. The difference between restraint for "emergency purposes" and to manage behavior is huge. 4j is using restraint and seclusion for non emegency stuations.

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 2:13 PM

but because he didn't do what he was supposed to when he was supposed to do it and the staff decided to use restraint and seclusion to manage his behavior. Yes, Jared had bad days but the district's documentation does not suggest that he desplayed...

cetwale says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 2:11 PM

Jared was restrained and put into a seclusion room many times while in a 4j special ed classroom. These things happened not because his "behavior poses a threat of imminent, serious physical harm to the student or others." (taken from 4j policy)...

Concerned says ... on Wednesday, Dec 8 at 1:48 PM

WTF? Professional educators can't handle a 10 year old? Really? Get that kid back in school and tell them to stop whining.

Truth says ... on Tuesday, Dec 7 at 6:28 PM

Unfortunetly, the Senate version of the restraint and selusion bill will not regulate restraints and seclusion in public schools only private schools with federal fundinging.

Jody says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 5:09 PM

been kicked out of school. He misses the other children and activities at school. I don't believe he should be restrained at school. Anyone who is being restained is going to fight back, so this is a very dangerous situation for everyone

Jody says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 5:07 PM

I have known Jared for over eight years. He has been in my home many times and is always very polite and helps me out in my home. Jared is not agressive or violent in any way. I think a lot of Jared he is a real sweet boy. I feel very bad that he has

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:18 PM

It is unbelievable that the district would want to waste ANY resources keeping my son out of school, but they did.I didn't want this to happen, but it is happening.

can't Imagine says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:16 PM

.... People would form such strong opinions without knowing the evidence, but I guess it is safe to be ignorant in an anonymous forum. KVAL, Get both sides of the story and make it public, so there can be an honest discourse.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:13 PM

But that is what happened! My son has been out of school since May 13th.

Can't Imagine says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:12 PM

.....4J employees would write in claiming to know so much about this case, but not know that they are violating federal privacy laws.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:11 PM

I can't imagine this either but it is happening to my son. Just because it's not supposed to be happening doesn't mean that it isn't. It is unbelievable that the district would remove a child with disabilities without there being serious bodily harm.

Can't Imagine says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:10 PM

.... If a district does do harm to a child, they are not required to pay some sort of a cash settlement.

can't imagine says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 12:07 PM

.....4J would remove a child for 80 day without any evidence of serious bodily injury. When, according to the Individuals with Disabilities Educaton Act, children who DO cause "serious bodily injuries" are allowed to return to school after 45 days.

can't imagine says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 11:59 AM

I can't imagine...with all the research on proactive methods of educating children with emotional and behavioral disorders that has been done at the UofO, 4j would use physical restraint without an imminent threat of serious physical harm.

Can't imagine says ... on Sunday, Dec 5 at 11:54 AM

I can't magine... ...4j would spend time and resources to keep fight to keep one little boy out of school.

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:23 PM

it will only make sure that the district does what, by law, they must.

cetwale says ... on Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:23 PM

This is a difficult, time consuming, expensive and emotional choice to make but in advocating for your child it is sometimes necessary. Even if it goes to a hearing, this will never result in a cash award,

cetwale says ... on Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:22 PM

Jared DID NOT seriously injure anyone yet he was removed and is still out of school. My family and I had no choice but to file a complaint with the Oregon Department of Education.

cetwale says ... on Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:21 PM

I don’t know why my family and I have been met with such resistance in trying to work with the district to find a solution. We continue to try to work with the district to get Jared what he needs to be successful.

cetwale says ... on Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:20 PM

I am Jared’s mom. I want to thank people for showing an interest in this story. Poor decisions were made and Jared has paid the price. I don’t know why my son has been out of school for over 80 school days.

Emily says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 8:37 PM

successful. ecsmith86@hotmail.com At the very least I hope you can relay the message that I miss him and think of him often. I don't pretend to know the answers for Jared, but I know they are out there so never stop looking,

Emily says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 8:32 PM

in a special place in my heart as I worked with him for five years. I honestly hope the best for him whatever that may look like. I hope Jared is happy right now. I hope that at some point everything will click for him and he will be able to feel

Emily says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 8:28 PM

Dharrison I would love to talk to you about my experience with jared. Please email me if you would like to contact me. I know with ongoing legal procedings that your lawyer my reccomend against it, but I would just like to talk. Jared will always be

Carly says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 8:20 PM

to help this boy. I had to say goodbye to a boy today with very similar problems today. It was gut wrenching. I myself didn't fit in the box of public school hopefully the outcome of all this is that he gets the services he needs.

Carly says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 8:18 PM

behavior issues. On the other hand the safety of the whole school and staff also has to be considered. I doubt this is a situation where the teachers targeted this student. It sounds more like they didn't have the mental health support and training

Carly says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 8:16 PM

I feel so bad for this boy who is caught in the middle. All we can hope is that both sides have his best interest at heart and will come up with some solution that best fits his needs. I imagine it is very difflicult to raise a kid with such severe

vswag says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 2:36 PM

Good afternoon. I do not know this child, nor do I work for the 4J school district, but, as a licensed administrator in Oregon. If you are a school employee or a spouse of such, please be careful about confidentiality. Don't lose your job and license

pizzagirl says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 9:59 AM

This is not true and is an outrage. My colleagues did not come to work to have a kid abuse them. I'm sure all the incidents were well documented it's too bad they weren't videotaped.

lancespring says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 5:20 AM

KVAL is always asking for tips on news stories to cover. I wonder, have they totally missed seeing this?? If they did a report on this story, they could investigate, and look at both sides of the issue. .

discriminating reader says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 3:33 AM

While "KVAL 13 and its affiliates" may "not" be "responsible for the content of comments posted" it would seem they should, at the very least, be journalistically responsible; editing w/ a single "allegedly" would have been sincerely appreciated.

lancespring says ... on Tuesday, Nov 30 at 1:55 AM

So have they already filed a lawsuit? Then why did they fail to mention that in the article?

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 11:10 PM

Seriously who wrote this story? It is so inaccurate that 4J should consider suing KVAL for putting on their site.

4J parent says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 11:02 PM

I too am familiar with this situation, and know the staff and students involved. The staff are some of the most patient and compassionate people that I have encountered. I feel for the family, but I think it is time for them to face reality.

Leigh says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 9:32 PM

This family is suing 4j for a hugh sum of money. He was offered every resourse available for children with disabilities and supported by a staff of caring professionals. Aggressive and dangerous behaviors caused expulsion with home schooling offered!

Dean says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 9:04 PM

This child was constantly threatening to hurt himself and others and attempting to do so. Be aware that it is the teachers that are being descriminated against! Parents that are in denial and unwilling to help the situation shouldn't be the advocate.

Dean says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 9:02 PM

My wife is a teacher in the 4j District and I know about the incident at hand and by no means was the child descriminated wrongly in this matter. This child is more dangerous than any of the teachers could ever be to this child

concerned says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 9:00 PM

Law states: Schools must provide free, appropriate public education, which has been interpreted by muliple courts providing some meaningful educational benefit not the absolute best, or most maximizing to student potential.

Cindy says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 8:21 PM

Seriously the more I read this article the more it makes me sick. Some parents are just in denial that their child needs more intense treatment.

concerned eugenian says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 8:18 PM

Some parents are great advocates for their children. I know how difficult it can be to get services for your child. This article is completely innacurate. I know for a fact that this child was offered at home education that the family chose not touse

concerned eugenian says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 8:15 PM

I know from working in similar programs the problems 4j faces. We are not a mental health facility. When a child tries to kill or threatens to kill themselves or others there is little else we can do except restrain a child.

lancespring says ... on Monday, Nov 29 at 3:33 AM

That is true. School districts are not set up to be able to handle every possible need. In my relative's case, her son was sent to a specialized facility for tutoring. The school district was not equipped to be able to give him the help he needed.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Nov 28 at 7:58 AM

The function of the 4J school district is to administer schools, not health care facilities. Maybe they're simply not set up to handle every child. I agree with lancespring. The parents will probably need to resolve the issue in court.

lancespring says ... on Sunday, Nov 28 at 2:52 AM

If this is true, then you should be able to find an attorney to pursue this. My cousin had problems getting help for her mildly disabled son from his school district. It took her hiring an attorney to get them to give her son the help he needed.

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