Superintendent should protect all students

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On April 26, 2018, the SunHerald newspaper of South Mississippi broke a story about the horrific verbal and physical abuse of a student with special needs by a SPED teacher and a bus driver.  The acts of abuse happened in 2014 and 2015 on a bus in the Jackson County School District (JCSD) in MS.  The story broke because the criminal cases of the abusers, Kerri Ann Nettles and Antionette Jane Raymond, had finally come to a resolution.  Upon further research by the SunHerald, it was discovered that JCSD, under the superintendent Barry Amacker, never reported the videotaped abuse to the Mississippi Department of Education, per legal regulations.

According to ARC, children with special needs are 3.44 times more likely to be abused.  Parents must send a strong message that superintendents need to be held responsible for not correcting and reporting abuse as required by law. 

We demand that the Board of JCSD, which includes Kenneth A. Fountain, Troy E. Frisbie, Glenn A. Dickerson, J. Keith Lee, and Amy M. Dobson, make the ethical choice to remove Barry Amacker from the Superintendent position.  By not reporting the blatant abuse of a vulnerable child, he cannot be trusted to protect any children.