I only recently have become aware of a growing problem within our school systems. The problem has been brought to my attention by personal experience, and I write this blog to inform parents of a very real threat in our schools. It is not the gangs, weapons, drugs, or violence that already afflicts our kids; it is the school officials themselves. Remember the good ol days, when you got in trouble at school, got swatted, and then the real punishment came when you got home. Today's schools write tickets, have kids arrested, or simply decide what punishment they want to inflict, and they will not listen to any input from the parents. We have read the big news stories, like a kindergarten student takes a toy gun to school teacher sees it in kids backpack and kid is arrested. We as parents read those type of stories shake our heads and say do what? It makes me wonder who exactly teaches our kids if they believe it to be a threat. The kid did not point the gun and say he was going to kill someone, in fact in his 5 young years I am sure that never crossed his mind. Most likely his thinking was he would bring a toy to school. My youngest in second grade and his friends find sticks on the playground and play star wars, cops and robbers, and shoot em up games. It is a real concern of mine when schools worry more about them acting like the sticks are guns and they arrest children over it, than the real threat they could fall and put an eye out with the stick. It is just out of hand and I hope through this blog you will educate yourself a little better about the Texas Public school systems. Here is my story: My daughter Katie is a typical 16 year old girl, she loves music, hanging out with friends, shopping, and boys. She is a good student, and has never had behavior problems. She has been tardy and skipped school, but got caught and was dealt with, it's a typical teenage thing but that’s the worst of it. Well we all know how teenage girl drama can be especially over a boy, and that is what has landed her in this current mess. The three (boy, girl, and my daughter) texted crap back and forth, things were said that should not of been. My daughter confronts girl at school, they are arguing, boy steps in the middle, makes situation worse, he grabs and shakes my daughter, my daughter slaps girl, boy pushes my daughter. My daughter is in the wrong; she should not have slapped the girl. Boy is in the wrong he should not lay hands and push my daughter. School suspends my daughter pending a DAEP hearing and court charges. Nothing happens to boy. The same day two boys are in a fist fight at school, they get ISS and a ticket. I ask school to review video where it shows boy shaking and pushing my daughter, they said the saw him make contact but decided not to do anything to boy. I feel DAEP would be too extreme for a child that has never been in trouble before; I file a level one complaint. On the day of the the scheduled DAEP hearing principle says he received my complaint and instead of having a DAEP hearing he would handle the complaint and we would resolve this. I thought all would work out, the principle was not happy that I had filed the complaint and got very angry during the meeting. He did not like it when I said that had the boy not involved himself in the situation my daughter would not have slapped the girl. He blurted out he condoned the boy's behavior and that Katie would go to DAEP starting tomorrow, I told him I would file level II. I knew at this point he had just placed my daughter in DAEP without a DAEP hearing and that this was the last day for him to hold a hearing under policy and law. The next morning I had phone messages from him saying he found out he had to have a DAEP hearing and that he would do so today. I called him and told him he could not I even faxed him the policy in writing. He held hearing that afternoon, even though I in writing told him it was illegal and that I would not attend and I did not want Katie there. He made her be there anyway, but she refused to participate. I file level II, superintendant rules in favor of principle. I am now filing level III with the school board, and if they do not reverse the DAEP, then I will file an appeal with TEA. TEA is the ones that informed me that the principle broke state law when he held the DAEP hearing on the 4th day and that I am to not back down and fight it all the way, and if the school board does not rule in my favor than to appeal to them, because he broke the law. Did my kid do wrong? Yes!!! Should she be punished? Yes!!! Does she belong in DAEP with really problem kids? NO! Oh I forgot to mention she is graduating a year ahead of her class, instead of a junior she is a senior. Does that sound like a problem kid, or one that just made a simple mistake slapped someone, has apologized to the girl for slapping her and the girl apologized for what was said. Had she actually hit the girl and not slapped her, she would of got ISS. How messed up is that? Oh the little girl that was slapped had been slapped two months before by another student for her mouth, and the student who slapped her only got ISS then. So why has my child been treated differently? That's a question the school has been unable to answer as to yet. I will be adding to this blog as we go, and I will also be giving parents tools to help them if they find themselves in similar situations. Until then I am eager to hear from you readers.