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After much research and consulting with experts at the California Department of Education (Special Education) and the local director of SELPA, we have found this county to be in violation of the process of assessment and support of any child who may be suffering from depression, PTSD, anxiety or bi-polar disorder due to the manner in which administrators treat these students.

It is these cases which are being exposed rather than the “run-away teen” described in the June 26 letter to the editor. Under the direction of Terry McAteer, Nevada County schools are going around the law (see IDEA act, sections 300.125 and 300.527) which protects children with emotional disorders from harassment, discrimination and expulsion.

By no means is criminal prosecution the answer to these childrenís issues. Transferring students with emotional problems to lesser alternative schools where they “slip through the cracks” is discriminatory. Sadly, while these students wait for their expulsion hearing, many are sent to juvenile hall or left to stay at home alone with no school. We have been told by the superintendent that “in this county we don’t believe in depression.”



Russell Edgar

Auburn


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