Parents Claim HEB School Officials Railroaded Special-Needs Kid So They Could Expel Him

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Smartphones in schools have hidden dangers, like getting in trouble for photographing your buddy on the toilet.
From the sound of it, at least as his parents tell it, Charles and Kristie Cripps' son was a pretty normal kid. He had some behavioral issues, largely stemming from ADHD, like insulting his classmates' penis sizes and careening around his school in the manner typical of adolescent boys.

Because of these issues, the Cripps' son was provided special education services, including a service called "social skills training," intended to teach him the differences between acceptable and unacceptable social behaviors. But the training didn't take, the boy's parents say, and their son's behavior continued to deteriorate. Tensions grew between the boy's school, his special education advocate and his mother to the point that, according a federal lawsuit filed by the Cripps against the Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District, school officials conspired to catch him in behavior that would lead to a felony charge -- and allow his expulsion from the district.

The Cripps claim that on two occasions, the district tried to coerce the parents of kids whom their son had made fun of into filing formal sexual harassment charges against him. First, he was accused of asking a classmate if "she was making porn." After being contacted by district officials, the girls parents declined to file felony sexual harassment charges, as did the parents of a boy the Cripps' son insisted had "a penis so small you can't even see it."

The boy's parents suggest the district tried and failed with other tactics as well. Their suit claims an administrator was sent to one of classes in an attempt to instigate a physical confrontation with him. When Cripps got up to borrow a pencil, the suit says, the administrator repeatedly stepped into his path trying to initiate contact. He bumped into the administrator, but the charges filed against him were dropped to misdemeanors, his parents say. Another school administrator followed him on multiple occasions.

Eventually, the Cripps' son was charged with a felony, for allegedly photographing one of his classmates without the classmate's permission. The boy followed his classmate -- "someone who often does crazy and funny things at school," the suit says -- into the bathroom before taking pictures of him as he sat on the toilet. Both parties to the suit concede that the photos were taken, but the Cripps insist that it was all good fun between teenage buddies.

The suit seeks reimbursement for the Cripps' son's loss of educational opportunity, mental anguish and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of the district's actions, as well as punitive damages.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District had not responded to a request for comment.

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Posse
Posse

This article here ^^ - is an attempt to severely distract readers from the truth and in doing so to further harm the child and family. Scroll further down...keep going...the truth will set you free...

boigal68
boigal68

Well why was the boy showing himself off on the toilet in drawing the attention from all the other boys to his private parts. For he is the cause and I would say he is the one in need of an evaluation and should of been the one to punished and or had been the one facing these charges. As for there was more boys in on this horse playing of taking pictures and making comment of the one showing himself off. What if this was your child? As the parents are not to blame for they are only protecting their child who was clearly discriminated against for being the only one facing charges in this matter. As for the school trying to get others to file charges against him is criminal for that would be filed on hear say, there of they would be falsifying a report for not having been present to this act.

tiffmichaels
tiffmichaels

No - it sounds like there's a lot more to this story. It sounds like with that article title, the School District has something to hide. There is no reason for them to ask parents to press charges against a child. Something's not right about this. It looks like criminal charges for the school district. It will be interesting to learn more about this story...

savannah2479
savannah2479

This poor family, all this article does is create more hardship for them. Unbelievable how awful these comments are.. there wouldn't be a lawsuit like this if there wasn't a good reason for it.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It sounds like the school district is taking the right path in handing this special needs child off to the justice system. 

Dealing with the insane is difficult enough - but when their insanity becomes criminal, it has to be dealt with as such.

loveandcoffee
loveandcoffee

I have 2 nephews, ages 12 and 10, both of whom with ADHD. The younger one's ADHD is mild and mainly relates to his lack of ability to focus, but the older one has more of the behavior symptoms as well. One of these is the lack of impulse control. Basically, when he's not on his medication, his mind-to-mouth filter is as effective as a screen door on a submarine, and I have to restrain myself from beating him senseless. Having seen the realities of ADHD myself, I can see that this HEB teenager might also have the same issue, along with many others.


However, the parents of this teen failed massively in allowing the situation to deteriorate to this extent. When it first became obvious that the "social skills training" and other accommodations weren't working, the parents should have either involved outside behavior specialists or withdrawn him from the school. Whether it's sending him to a different public school, charter school, private school, homeschool, whatever other solution they could manage or afford...HEBISD should not have been the only ones providing accommodations for him. Sometimes you have to make hard choices for your special-needs child; one of those might be admitting that this school isn't working for him, no matter how much you hoped it would. From what I can tell, HEBISD provided reasonable accommodations, yet he still couldn't function in a public school environment, which isn't the district's fault...it's the parents for being too proud to admit that their son needs help beyond their (or the district's) ability.


One last thing: I completely agree with concernedparent's assessment that this boy may have issues more severe than ADHD. While my nephew has his moments and outbursts, they are rarely of a sexual nature and he'd NEVER attempt to follow another boy into the bathroom stalls to take pictures. My nephew would be embarrassed regarding that scenario for days. The fact that this teen has such a preoccupation with sexual comments, nudity, etc. leads me to believe that the money spent on their lawyer's retainer would be MUCH better spent getting mental help for their son before he winds up becoming another of our mentally ill prisoners or spends the rest of his life on the state's sex offender registry.

batty76117
batty76117

First of all, until you go through anything related with a school district and a child with disabilities, you have no room to judge. Even if you have dealt with both on an intimate relation, you still have no room to judge. I have been in a situation with a school district with my ADHD, Bipolar, Asperger's son. Teacher's are not taught how to "deal" with these children. Teacher's now a days want a child to sit down, shut up, and do what they are told the way the teacher wants. They are want them to be little minions and not think for themselves. Do not blame the parents for their child's behavior. Some children have things they absolutely have no control over. Even with therapy, medication and weekly visits to a psychiatrist can't always make a child be like every other "normal" child. If the administrators did do what was alleged, then that is very disturbing. There is absolutely no justification for an adult to force a confrontation with a child. Does this child need more help than what he is currently receiving, the answer is yes. But this whole thing is just really sad for all. Doesn't make me feel very well about the society we live in. One of the reasons why there are a lot more children being diagnosed with ADHD is because it is linked to women being given pitocin to help speed along labor. Look it up if you don't believe me. There are many other medications that can be linked to other disabilities. Before you pass judgment on the parents, give them the benefit of doubt. Also before anyone thinks I personally know the people in this case, I do not. I just know what it's like to be judged for my child's behavior.

Concernedparent
Concernedparent

These symptoms are much worse than ADHD. It is possible this young man needs more help than the school system can provide.  His sexual comments and taking pictures of people on the toilet indicate a serious issue that requires the intervention of mental health professionals not attorneys.  

James080
James080

The student is not the problem. His parents are the problem. 

bradjohnson774
bradjohnson774

"From the sound of it, at least as his parents [sic, parents' lawyers] tell it, Charles and Kristie Cripps' son was a pretty normal kid."


Sounds to me like the kid is a huge pain in the ass, a distraction to the educational process, a disproportionate expense to the district, and on the "Schoolhouse To The Jailhouse Pipeline" just as their lawyer says.  Sounds also like the parents want to blame everyone but their own failings as parents.  I hope CPS is taking a hard look at that household.


http://www.scribd.com/doc/236716688/Cripps-v-HEBISD


Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Did the little Cripps parents ever try the leather strap means of teaching the kid right from wrong?

Parent's need to own up to their responsibilities for their precious little angels.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

"As of Tuesday afternoon, the Hurst Euless Bedford Independent School District had not responded to a request for comment."


We cannot comment on pending litigation, but we make education and the safety of our students and faculty top priority.  We have no further comment at this time

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@tiffmichaels 

Don't put too much faith in the Dallas Observer's headlines.  They're often intentionally misleading in order to get people to load the page.  It's a sleazy way to do business - but it's what they feel they must do.


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@savannah2479 

re:  "there wouldn't be a lawsuit like this if there wasn't a good reason for it."

Robin Williams is dead... but kudos to you for keeping the spirit of his comedy alive.

tiffmichaels
tiffmichaels

@bvckvs Looks like the school district was being criminal. It doesn't look like anything they tried even stuck. Why is that if the boy were so bad? Was he wrongly and falsely accused? Why did nothing stick? 


bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@batty76117 

re:  "Teacher's are not taught how to "deal" with these children. "

That is soooo not true.  Every teacher education program in Texas includes training in general Psychology and in behavioral issues related to classroom management.  Beyond that, Special Ed. teachers are given extensive training in the issues of not just ADHD, but the whole spectrum of behavioral disorders.


boigal68
boigal68

@Concernedparent As for why was the boy showing himself off in getting the attention of the other boy's to his private parts. for I feel he,s the cause and is the one in need of being evaluated as well should of been the one facing charges. As for all the other boys involved in taking pictures & making jokes on the show off should be punished, but I sure they really wasn't ready as adults in knowing how to properly handle a situation such as this. This was boys horse play.

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

@bradjohnson774 Don't you know it's all ADHD's fault? They can't be expected to teach him when he has ADHD! He should be allowed to go to school to act like a little shit and the school should allow him to act like a little shit and disrupt the education of all his classmates. Because ADHD!


Spare the rod, spoil the child. His parents will probably blame everyone but themselves when he winds up behind bars.

tiffmichaels
tiffmichaels

@bvckvs @tiffmichaels 

I think its fair to say that there's likely a lot more to come out about this story. I'm not sure about the headline or the content.  I'm thinking if they are willing to put anything misleading into an article - then who can trust the article content?

tiffmichaels
tiffmichaels

@bvckvs @savannah2479 

You seem like a regular commenter bvckvs. So surely, you know there's much more to these stories. Somethings not right. I would be interested to see what happens especially if the school district was coercing teachers and parents to file charges. Somethings not right.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@tiffmichaels @bvckvs 

The goal wasn't to send him to prison - it was to protect the kids he was assaulting and to get him the psych help he so desperately needs.

batty76117
batty76117

@bvckvs 

Not all schools in this district have Special Education programs. The ones that do not have it, have not been trained because that is something I have asked for my child. Not all children with disabilities have a need to be in a special education class. Take my child for example: he is in the gifted talented class because he is extremely smart. He just has issues with impulse control, mood swings and he lacks social skills. Also teachers are not trained like you think for ADHD either. They are given some things to try to help manage but not all teachers understand exactly what that means. You can try to do things that they tell you but in order for it to work, consistency is key. 

boigal68
boigal68

@rascal6401 @Concernedparent Yes I agree, this is clearly a case of FALSE PROSECUTION, For the fact, as said charges were dropped and I believe that they falsely accusing him or other wise they would of had a case. There of they had the boy's cell phone's with the picture's that they all were taking of each other clowning around and must not of been anything, but what these children said, We weren't doing anything bad just horse playing.

At best each child should been sent home for the day, NO WAY should criminal charges been filed on any one child, it's clear that these adult's should not be working in any school if their going to have such a personal conflict of the very children they are to be protecting.

This truly hurt my heart it is very clear this was a traumatic experience for a child to have to go through at such a young age. Being the target of such hatefulness adult's and was done publicly in school, the lose of friends the blame for all, facing criminal charges and not even having an understanding of any said laws being charged with. My prayers go out to this child and any other child and their family's effected by such bad behavior given by any persons working for the school..

Best Wishes to you & yours.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@tiffmichaels @bvckvs 

re:  " if they are willing to put anything misleading into an article - then who can trust the article content? "

Well, in Dallas Observer's defense - it's a tabloid, not a news outlet.  The purpose of the articles is to draw eyeballs to the site - nothing more.  Think of it as the National Enquirer - Dallas edition.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@tiffmichaels @bvckvs @savannah2479 

There's no coercion.  Here, in Texas, teachers are ethically bound to report suspected sex crimes against children to the police directly and immediately.  If, instead, they first report it to a coworker or supervisor, they' re supposed to be fired.  It's state law.

But even without that law, they were right to have the kid arrested.  He was out of control, a threat to others, it had been going on for a long time and his family was CLEARLY unable (or unwilling) to give him the guidance he needed. 

Now that he's in the system, it won't be for them to decide if he gets treatment or what kind.  The state will have him evaluated and weather he's put in a facility or allowed to go home, they'll be making sure that he goes to his counseling sessions and takes his meds.

tiffmichaels
tiffmichaels

@bvckvs @tiffmichaels 

Assault? You mean assaults charges for the administrator that was mentioned in the article that was following him? I still stand by somethings not right. How do you know the goal wasn't to send him to prison? Where are you getting your information? 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@batty76117 @bvckvs 

re:  " The ones that do not have it, have not been trained"

If you honestly believe that special ed teachers in special ed programs have no special ed training - then I'm beginning to understand why your own child has developed a collection of behavioral disorders.


batty76117
batty76117

@bvckvs 


That is not what I said. Maybe I didn't make myself very clear on which teachers I was talking about. Gen ed teachers( gen ed means general education) are not trained.
They are given managing techniques. Special Ed teachers are trained. My child does not need to be in Special ed classes where the teachers are trained. Also my child's school does not have a Special Education program. You are a complete ass for saying what you said about my son and his disorders. You sir, are an uninformed person acting like you know anything.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@batty76117 @bvckvs 

re:  "You are a complete ass for saying what you said about my son and his disorders. "

When I said that your attitude is contributing to your sons' problems - the criticism was of you, not of him.  For you to misinterpret that as an attack on him only goes to further show why he has developed such severe behavioral disorders.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@batty76117 @bvckvs 

Here, in Texas, we don't have a classification of "General Ed." for teachers.  Each teacher specializes in an area of their choosing.

Still, I see your point.  You've chosen to send your special needs child to a school that has no facility for dealing with such students.  Now you're upset that your choice has harmed your child - and you want to blame the school district instead of taking responsibility for your own choice.

Unfortunately, there's nothing the school district can do to protect your child from the choices you've made for him.  It's up to you - to quit blaming everyone else and to start making better choices.

tiffmichaels
tiffmichaels

@bvckvs @tiffmichaels @savannah2479 

Wow -your comments seems like such a huge stretch and jump. Do you have some inside knowledge about something? I believe the article states the kid didn't have any charges and everything was unfounded. Somethings amiss here. -----Well correction...it looks like it says there might have been a misdemeanor charge after the administrator was following him and trying to initiate contact. If that's so, that's just wrong. 

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@tiffmichaels @bvckvs @savannah2479 

Keep reading - you'll see in the closing paragaphs that Cripps was charged with a felony for taking photos of classmates using the toilet.

He wasn't coerced into doing this.  He didn't do it because of some harassment by administrators.  He didn't do it because he's hyperactive or has trouble paying attention. 

He did it because that's the kind of person he is.

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