I am the woman from colrain who saw the pictures and posted them. I don’t think it’s right to put little ones in there so yes I did share them. What would you do? This has gone viral?! I am a bit overwhelmed so please excuse me. I do want to say I am not all about the drama with pitch forks and craziness that people who don’t even know me, this family or the school are saying. I would be happy to paint a calming mural and donate a dreAm catcher to creTe a healing safe space. Much easier than dealing with all the negativity and lies that are being spread. Be part of the solutions not part of the problem. Every kid has a right to an education and every parent has a right to know the protocols.
This is the room in question. Clearly you can see three white walls and two pads. Since the post many stories have come to me about this room and mistreatment and others who have good experiences. In this case the parents repeatedly said this was having adverse effects and did not want him to be put in here. He was scared when they held the door closed and left him in there while they laughed. The one on one aid was told to hold him continuously which left bruises on his arms. There were also numerous expierences that lead to his removal from hill rest to the safer environment of homeschool. There were also questions of sexual abuse by another student who kept touching this boy and when parents went to the school they were ignored. No answers were ever found or discussed. These things are illegal look at am laws http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/603cmr46.pdf
The fact that the school is now lieing about it when so many people, kids and adults have shared this experience tells me that there is something very wrong that needs to be explored and discussed. It seems that the whole community has valid concerns and ideas about how to fix these problems and should be listened too.
I now live in colrain. This situation came to my attention because my old neighbor asked for help in dealing with issues surrounding their case. They later asked if I could help tutor him. They had snapped a pic while discussing his education at the school at which a police officer attended and witnessed.
My kids did attended Hillcrest8/7/5 years ago. All of my kids have complex learning and behavior problems and I assumed being an overwhelmed single mom that these professionals had the best solutions to the problems. I didn’t question their authority and assumed it was ok since my boys what my boys lacked in verbal communication they used their tempers for. The related to me that they were put in here under the same circumstances and my daughter remembers this room but never had to go there.
As for this an that calls himself turtle boy? Seriously don’t turtles hide from everything? You are not a nice man! Who is funding you to create such a distraction I want to know? I don’t appreciate how you treated my friends that was completely innapropriate!!! What does colrain have to do with any of this?
This is where I live it’s a beautiful town full of hard working people I adore