stop the segregation, bullying, and discrimination
  • Petitioned Blissfield Community Schools

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Superintendent Scott Moellenbrandt
Blissfield Community Schools
Michigan Department of Education- Office of Special Education
Eleanor White
Lenawee Intermediate School District Superintendent
Jim Philp

stop the segregation, bullying, and discrimination

    1. Emilie Mullins
    2. Petition by

      Emilie Mullins

      Blissfield, MI

This is what bullying looks like.
This is a teacher belittling a student.
This is a student crying.
This is a student who is nonverbal and denied technology to communicate.
This is abuse.
This is the photo that Blissfield Middle School published in the yearbook.
This is done to humiliate the student and her family.
This is retaliation for speaking out for the student's legal rights.
This is the school sending the message “we don’t want you here.”
This is a school district that has been found noncompliant six times by the state Department of Education in the last 5 months.
This is a school district that Michigan Department of Education declared had denied the student a free and appropriate public education in June 2012.
This is what happens when the school administration and school board condone discrimination.
This is the offensive, intimidating, oppressive atmosphere created by Blissfield Community Schools.
This is about using shame, humiliation and exclusion to deny an American her civil rights.
This is wrong.
This has to stop.

 

This student is Maddie Mullins: friend, daughter, sister, student. This 2012-2013 school-year, Blissfield Community Schools decided to send her to a segregated program in another school in another town for the majority of her day. This would cause significant harm to her. This district refuses to consider evaluation data, research, or the student's personal history (having been successfully fully included in regular school for 8 years). This year, Maddie was only allowed to attend regular school for 80 minutes a day.  Of those 80 minutes at Blissfield High School, 20 minutes was spent picking up trash.  Now, this district is abusing Maddie and she is unable to attend school at all. 

This is something you can help with.

Tell Blissfield Community Schools to stop the segregation, bullying, and discrimination; provide Maddie Mullins with a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.  

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    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. OCR opens investigation!

      Emilie Mullins
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support! The federal Office of Civil Rights has opened an investigation into this matter! Its sad that the school officials are so hateful and ignorant.

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 9 months ago

      Hello!

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

      Here's why it's important:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.

      Thanks!

      A PITT

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      Bullying is the reason for many suicides. Bullies are always unpunished. Two female friends were bullied to death in the age of 13 and 14 years. I was bullied at school in the age of 10 until 16 years. Many friends of mine are leaving schools, the reason was brutal bullying. My son must change his school, the reason was bullying of teachers and classmates. That must banned worldwide with hard laws and punishment for bullies and with help centres for victims. Bullying and Suicide

      There is a strong link between bullying and suicide, as suggested by recent bullying-related suicides in the US and other countries. Parents, teachers, and students learn the dangers of bullying and help students who may be at risk of committing suicide. In recent years, a series of bullying-related suicides in the US and across the globe have drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide. Though too many adults still see bullying as "just part of being a kid," it is a serious problem that leads to many negative effects for victims, including suicide. Many people may not realize that there is also a link between being a bully and committing suicide.

      The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:

      Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

      Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University

      A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying

      10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above

      According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

      Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person.

      Some schools or regions have more serious problems with bullying and suicide related to bullying. This may be due to an excessive problem with bullying at the school. It could also be related to the tendency of students who are exposed to suicide to consider suicide themselves.

      Some of the warning signs of suicide can include:

      Showing signs of depression, like ongoing sadness, withdrawal from others, losing interest in favorite activities, or trouble sleeping or eating

      Talking about or showing an interest in death or dying

      Engaging in dangerous or harmful activities, including reckless behavior, substance abuse, or self injury

      Giving away favorite possessions and saying goodbye to people

      Saying or expressing that they can't handle things anymore

      Making comments that things would be better without them

      If a person is displaying these symptoms, talk to them about your concerns and get them help right away, such as from a counselor, doctor, or at the emergency room.

      In some cases, it may not be obvious that a teen is thinking about suicide, such as when the suicide seems to be triggered by a particularly bad episode of bullying. In several cases where bullying victims killed themselves, bullies had told the teen that he or she should kill him or herself or that the world would be better without them. Others who hear these types of statements should be quick to stop them and explain to the victim that the bully is wrong.

      Other ways to help people who may be considering suicide include:

      Take all talk or threats of suicide seriously. Don't tell the person they are wrong or that they have a lot to live for. Instead, get them immediate medical help.

      Keep weapons and medications away from anyone who is at risk for suicide. Get these items out of the house or at least securely locked up.

      Parents should encourage their teens to talk about bullying that takes place. It may be embarrassing for kids to admit they are the victims of bullying, and most kids don't want to admit they have been involved in bullying. Tell victims that it's not their fault that they are being bullied and show them love and support. Get them professional help if the bullying is serious.

      It is a good idea for parents to insist on being included in their children's friends on social networking sites so they can see if someone has posted mean messages about them online. Text messages may be more difficult to know about, so parents should try to keep open communications with their children about bullying.

      Parents who see a serious bullying problem should talk to school authorities about it, and perhaps arrange a meeting with the bully's parents. More states are implementing laws against bullying, and recent lawsuits against schools and criminal charges against bullies show that there are legal avenues to take to deal with bullies. If school authorities don't help with an ongoing bullying problem, local police or attorneys may be able to.

      No victim is forgotten, deep in my heart and so I am fighting against this brual crime!My favorite quote from a famous German wife, Alice Schwarzer, that is: "The engine of my actions is justice, anything else would be a missed life!"

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    • Greg Brown BLISSFIELD, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      F.A.P.E.

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    • LynnD Hering CRAIG, CO
      • almost 2 years ago

      I work with I/DD people on a daily basis and each day, they continue to amaze me with their strength, perseverance and dedication to living a "normal" life. No one should be prevented from living and learning to the best of their ability.

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    • Jerry Costley CENTERVILLE, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Unless we strongly enforce our civil rights laws we have no rights. This is not just about a student with a disability, although that alone would be enough. It's about protecting my civil rights as well.

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