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WTHI Terre Haute

Kids can't wait

Just so you know Prevent Child Abuse is not a state run program. The Kids Can't Wait Campaign is run through them and independent of the CPS/DCS of the actual State of Indiana. Prevent Child Abuse Indiana is a not for profit organization in affiliation with the villages that has nothing to do with DCS. The governor just happens to be supporting it publicly. That is the tie in here that makes it appear to be in with DCS. I just wanted to clear that up as I support Prevent Child Abuse Indiana and their beliefs. They educate the public and the Parents on alternatives to abuse and neglect by sponsoring parenting classes and focusing on keeping the parent and child together or reuniting the child and parent after removal from the home. They are a very positive intervention in the fight against child abuse and neglect apart and separate from DCS/CPS!  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #12)

WTHI Terre Haute

Kids can't wait

All true I used to be CPS too! The CPS system sucks that is all there is to it. Any county you are in! The funding isn't there. The cops don't know a thing about child protection they just go out on booty calls, heck sometimes they try and talk the workers out of doing anything. The judges do what saves the state the most money (or what will net the state the most money) I swear sometimes we are putting kids in foster care and then selling them on the black market! I quit because it was corrupt and I wasn't helping kids I was hurting them. Look at the foster home of Diana Groves that was shut down in Bloomington recently that was licensed through them. Look up Felix Chin if you want some specifics from Bloomington. Pretty sick stuff. They don't believe in helping parents be better parents to prevent abuse and neglect from happening again. 9 times out of 10 the parents really love the kids they just don't know how to be a parent. It is a generational cycle of bad parenting that needs to be broken and instead of stopping it they take the kids away never to return, pimp them out to unsafe foster homes, eventually terminate parental rights, get them adopted (if they are not dead by then), and by that time the parents have had a whole slew of other kids they don't know how to care for. If the state would have just left the kid there and taught the parent how to care for them properly they wouldn't have multiplied like rabbits and the state wouldn't have been back 10 times and taken 10 more kids at 100 times the original cost of educating the parents on how to care for the first one! However they can't seem to grasp this concept. Top that off with the fact that Mitch Daniels and his administration keep promising more funding but keep cutting it in reality! Like I said the system just sucks and you all know it too!  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #11)

WTHI Terre Haute

Mom claims school shut daughter out of Clinton assembly

You Rock! That is my point they don't know what it is like! My kids are normal I suppose if there is a normal child!? However, I have worked with enough special needs children and their parents to know how those parents feel about their children and how this exclusion of what is most dear to them would affect them. That is where the simplicity lies and where apologies need to be made by the school. For making these children seem less than children by excluding them from a monumental event based on a disability or handicap they have no control over. Like I said before how would some of the other parents have liked it if the administration had decided students with brown hair could not attend? If a note had been sent home the night before I bet there would have been a lot more blonds and redheads the next day--or a bunch of outraged parents at the school! Don't say it couldn't happen either judging by the postings of some on here...  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #78)

WTHI Terre Haute

Mom claims school shut daughter out of Clinton assembly

1. Freedom of Press 2. Why exactly hasn't SVM expressed anything? If they want their side heard why not request a follow up blurp. 3. UM freedom freedom freedom--obviously you have a problem with people not seeing things from your limited view point. The purpose of a forum is discussion of issues. The people are not always going to agree with you. 4. Who stated their opinion as fact? You? And um people can theorize about anything they want...that is part of the point. 5. Handicapped American's Rights--You are what advocating them? Sure doesn't seem that way to me...Don't know about the rest of the people but I am confused on that one. PS. I am advocating for the handicapped and their caregivers/parents (just to be clear!) And yes I am a fan of Dr. Seuss you can actually learn quite a bit from him. Or by reading in general.  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #77)

WTHI Terre Haute

Mom claims school shut daughter out of Clinton assembly

You are missing the point. The point is the SCHOOL is responsible for ensuring the safety of the children and meeting their needs it is their freaking job, it is not their job to make decisions about what they would and would not benefit from based on their functioning levels etc against the explicit wishes of a parent. You seem to have an issue with the constitution and with my right to free speech judging by the tone of your post. I can imagine what your reaction would be if your child's rights were violated. Mine would be just like Mrs. O'Keefe's. The night before is not much notification and hello, where else is the kid supposed to go to school. She is in a school that meets her needs every other day of the week. This was a special event. Oh yeah, I know how to be sarcastic too. And um in case you didn't notice I did say they should move on. Obviously the mother has made that choice in some way by leaving her child in the school.  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #76)

WTHI Terre Haute

Mom claims school shut daughter out of Clinton assembly

Doesn't the mother have the right to advocate for the very best care for her child. If Rockville couldn't meet her child's needs then the school corp is required to provide an environment that can. My children attend private school. I pay for them to go twice really. Once out of my own pocket each month and then through my property taxes twice a year. I chose to not have these problems with my own children and believe me it is a financial strain but well worth the education and personal attention my children receive. I worked in the schools as a Family Case Manager and with Child Protective Services until I got totally fed up and quit. Believe me I know the dynamics and the way things happen. The problems the schools as well as the parents face are not beyond me. Both are stretched thin, but the school is still in the wrong.  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #72)

WTHI Terre Haute

terre haute north softball coaching staff

Move to Bloomington we have a kick booty team!  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #7)

WTHI Terre Haute

terre haute north softball coaching staff

Well you never know it might end up like during WWII with all the guys going over seas we might have to create female baseball leagues. You know the movie "A League of Their Own" with Madonna and Tom Hanks. You never know they could be headed straight for the majors...LOL  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #6)

WTHI Terre Haute

Drugs in South Vermillion School

But he didn't ever inhale...Right!?  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #7)

WTHI Terre Haute

Alcohol at Parks

Exactly--use your common sense when parenting--if they are little kids--steer them clear--if they are old enough to use it as a learning experience then point out how dumb those people are acting etc If people are having one drink and just chilling then point out the responsible behavior...How easy is that?  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #15)

WTHI Terre Haute

Alcohol at Parks

Did you ever think that alcohol is not evil. Just drink responsibly! Not everyone that drinks is a drunk or trouble maker. We have beer and wine with dinner a few days a week. Our kids know they can't drink till they are 21. They aren't even curious about drinking. I have fanatical friends who are always up on their kids about the "evils" of alcohol and guess what their kids are always talking about doing...drinking. My kids are always telling me how dumb they think that is and don't hang out with those kids. (not that they are goody two shoes themselves they do have social lives) The examples you set and talks you have go way farther than kids seeing people drinking in public and where they serve alcohol. Parents are the first and most important teachers.  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #14)

WTHI Terre Haute

Mom claims school shut daughter out of Clinton assembly

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." (If you don't know what this is you should seriously consider beefing up your education) The school was in the wrong. My best guess is they gave the parents the option of having their kids there and some of the parents actually took them up on it. Then they suddenly realized "Uh Oh we don't have the staff to keep part here and take part there" so they made the error in assuming it was all right to keep all the kids there. I mean after all who is going to miss a few special needs kids right...WRONG very wrong. The constitution of our country, the same one that gives us the right to vote for our leader gives us the Bill of Rights which includes the Right to Assembly for all not just the physically, mentally, and emotionally fittest and the school aides and teacher did not have the right to decide this. As a mother I would have spoken up as well. I would have been very upset to find my child, no matter what their functioning level, had been left out of an event of this magnitude. Had it been a homecoming pep rally...yawn not a big deal...But PRESIDENT CLINTON Campainging for Hillary in 2008 and to be able to say your son or daughter no matter what their challenges or especially because of their challenges was their...that is huge. This could be the only big thing of their life. As the late great Dr. Seuss said, ┬ôSometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.┬ö Regardless the school needs to communicate with the mother and other parents, make their apologies, prepare a plan to foresee this does not happen again and all parties then need to move on!  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #70)

WTHI Terre Haute

West Terre Haute Wetland Restoration

Awesome. I wish they would come and pay me for my back yard. With the price of gas and the fact that it floods like every time it rains it is impossible to mow. Maybe it would qualify for a wetlands too! I will give good ole Mitch a call and see if he wants an extra 3 or 4 acres!  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #7)

WTHI Terre Haute

Rescue shelter forced to shut down

Isn't Brazil like 3 streets big? I was amused by the part where the council claimed the "kennel license" was issued in a "historic " part of town. Like it was in a huge mansion in Chicago and the millionaire neighbors were complaining or something. The news cameras showed a well kept home, and nice healthy looking cats. So quit calling it a kennel quit taking in new strays and as long as she keeps up the current level of care get off her back. (Is it the ex wife making an issue) I have been in homes with like 2 cats where they were mangy, the house was icky, and smelled like cat urine and it was clear the cats were mistreated and neglected. She is doing good for the animals. Leave her alone. She isn't the crazy cat lady down the street all the neighbor kids call a witch and you dare each other to knock on her door!  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #15)

WTHI Terre Haute

Nine-year-old battered with shoe in Knox County

I used to work Child Protection Services. It is a raging joke. Don't expect too much from the system. The Governor is always promising more funding but it actually gets cut. There aren't enough workers, the police are completely uneducated when it comes to child abuse and neglect and the judges making decisions about the child's welfare know little more as well. You go in and give your recommendations and they go with what cost the state the least money. You try and help the kids but they end up right back home, the parents get a slap on the wrist (unless they have actually killed the kid, starved them until they are about to die, or made them take part in a prostitution ring--my point here is it has to be extreme!) and you end up out there in the middle of the night the next week. It is a never ending cycle of let's put a band-aid here and call it a night process.  (Apr 16, 2008 | post #16)

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