Bump and update: A lot more about the incestuous relationship between the school district and local news coverage appeared in the last couple of days.
A disturbing issue arises from this email. Zakh is a juvenile, a minor. This anchor/reporter alleges that "very reliable sources" gave him federally protected, privileged medical and education information about this boy. Given this disturbing inference, I contacted the reporter myself...And a torrent of "explanations" from said reporter (whom I presume to be Darren Bobb) ensues, including an abusurd statement that his "very reliable sources" amounted to Google. It's quite long and you should read the whole thing from the horse's mouth. But this part seized my attention:
I note here for the benefit of the reader that according to Carole Reynolds and other sources, the reporter's wife is a special-education teacher in the district. The reporter himself, as he notes, has been working in that capacity in Fort Smith for 25 years. He states emphatically in another forum that he did not get any information from his wife.
Need I observe that it is an obvious conflict of interest for this reporter to be involved in this story?
It leads to such confusion. Should I now assume he's lying about having the information he claimed to have in his email, lying about where he got it or some of each?
And of course, the same confusion - due to this very conflict of interest between school district and media - now applies to any statements made by the school. One is confused as from where the information comes, and what "confidentiality" means when it's cited to forestall questions.
It's really quite difficult to respect an authority that does not behave respectably. Oddly enough, it goes to character.
Meanwhile, in the realm of reality where cause follows effect:
"PRESS RELEASE: A Due Process Hearing Complaint against the Fort Smith School District has been lodged with the Arkansas Department of Education regarding the District's failure to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education for Zakh and the District's circumvention of the IDEA. We are currently awaiting the assignment ...of an Impartial Hearing Officer and the scheduling date for the Due Process Hearing which the ADE should be issuing today."
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Autistics and small towns do not seem to mix well. I'd rather expect that some degree of plain old xenophobia is part of the reaction to Zakhqurey Price and his large family.
I've seen similar things. Hell, I grew up as a similar percieved thing, which explains part of my interest in the case. Other parents and adult autistic-spectrum people are interested because they have gone through it on behalf of a child. We've gone through both.
With the grace of God and a good lawyer, it may soon be possible to move the whole family to a jurisdiction where the term Free and Appropriate Public Education is clearly understood.
The following is cross-posted from the Southwest Times Record's facebook page, one of dozens from all over the world from people who are quite shocked to see that this story is not getting any local coverage.
There's also a new topic started at channel five, asking about the redaction of their coverage. (Bets on how long that stays up?)