A Devastating Loss of Trust
One of the most difficult things for parents of young children to do is let them go. After months or even years of spending every waking moment with your newborn, toddler, or small child, many parents are more than eager to see their little one go off to daycare or school. But, even if you love getting your much-needed quiet time, it’s scary to see your child go out into the world — even for a few hours at a time. Are they growing up too fast? Is this the beginning of the end?
Before long, school becomes routine, and we accept that the teachers, administration, and staff will do their best to protect and foster growth. At the end of the day, it all comes down to trust.
So, what happens when that trust is broken?
Caught on Camera
In this day and age, people should know that their every action and word is probably being recorded. The moment you leave your house, you’re bound to end up on security footage, CCTV, somebody’s Snapchat story, or even just on a random person’s bodycam or GoPro.
So as a gym teacher of mine used to say: “Don’t do stupid.”
I’m not saying don’t do illegal things or say something terrible just because you could get caught. In general, it’s just better to refrain from these negative behaviors, but knowing you’re probably going to get caught should be a good impediment.
If you are caught… you will end up on the Internet, and a news station or pundit review will either make fun of or chastise you for your choices. Take this employee who just scandalized a public school district for example.
Kaylee is a six-year-old nonverbal autistic girl from the suburbs of Chicago. You’d think that her caretakers in the school district would want to give her all the love and support they possibly could, but her father found out the hardest way of all that that simply wasn’t the case.
All parents know that they would give everything they have to keep their kids safe and healthy. Especially when raising an intellectually disabled child, it becomes an even greater mission to make sure they are getting the love and support they need. You want nothing more than to protect them because life’s ups and downs can affect them in much more severe ways. And then your trust is horribly violated.
It all started when Kaylee’s dad Nicholas got a call from the superintendent of schools, asking him to come review some footage taken on a school bus. Of course, most parents would already be nervous after a call like this, but Nicholas never could have expected what he saw next.
The footage from the school bus camera showed his daughter Kaylee sitting near the front of the bus, screaming as an unidentified school bus aide slaps her across the face multiple times.
Seeing anybody use physical force against your child (or any child) is sickening enough, but to watch it coming from an employee working in conjunction with the school district, who is paid to keep your child safe — and to see it taken out on an intellectually disabled girl who likely could not understand the entire situation — is utterly heartbreaking.
Watch the video to see what Kaylee’s parents had to say.