Saturday, February 8, 2014


The Lord says,
“A sound is heard in Ramah,
    the sound of bitter weeping.
Rachel is crying for her children;
    they are gone,
    and she refuses to be comforted."
~ Jeremiah 31:15, GNT ~

I can't help but think of this Bible passage when I think about the stories I have heard this week from 2 parents raising non-verbal children with special needs.

The words "weeping", "bitterness", "inconsolable" are all appropriate words to describe a parent's reaction when they see their child emerge from school with marks and bruises that weren't there at the beginning of the day.

The sudden realization that your child is being abused by adults at school is a nightmare NO parent ever wants to encounter.  But there is an extra measure of pain when that child is one of society's most vulnerable.

This week's award is more like an anti-award.  

One set of parents this week decided enough was enough.  After even the police ignored their pleas for help, they have decided to "swing back".  Not only have they begun to seek out legal remedy, they have developed a Facebook page, The Autism Justice League.  Given the frustrating and pervasive nature of this problem, people from all over the nation are joining the group in support.

Don't think abuse can happen at your school?

I kindly suggest that you make yourself read THIS book by, Richard Stripp, Sr:

A couple of years ago, the author sent me a a preview copy of his expose.  It took me some courage and resolve for me to force my way through it.  However, given the nature of the stories I have heard, especially this past week, I am grateful that Mr. Stripp found the mettle to pen his heartbreaking stories.  

Readers will find this book enlightening and motivating when it comes to protecting our most vulnerable students.  You can learn more about MOMMY, I WISH I COULD TELL YOU WHAT THEY DID TO ME IN SCHOOL TODAY and the song that accompanies it at

So this week, in a POSITIVE way, we SALUTE the creators of The Autism Justice League, Richard S. Stripp, Sr, and ALL who are fighting for defense of our remarkable kids!  With possible repercussions and major stress, these individuals stick their necks out for the benefit of ALL of us.

Are you SERIOUS?!

I think I speak on behalf of most parents raising a child with special needs when I say, We are grateful that you are following Jesus' lead, treating people with special needs the way YOU would want to be treated! 

~ Barb Dittrich

*Do YOU have a nominee for a future "Are You SERIOUS?" Award?  E-mail us a link to the story with any of your own personal insights to 


  1. We ran into something like this when our oldest was in public school - 2nd grade. When the school mishandled the issue, we went to the district. The school then threatened our younger son's access to special education and called CPS on us. It was a nightmare. And I was PTA president at the time. Praise God for getting us through that and for our son (now 17) finally getting educated in academics instead of cruelty.

    1. Oh, my goodness, LuAnn! Thank you for being brave enough to share your heartbreaking story. While we know that this world can be pretty depraved, we surely don't expect it in our schools like this. Joining you in praise that God saw you through such a traumatic experience!

  2. This story came across my desk today: Perhaps other parents need to get behind this mother, joining her in her fight to get cameras in the classrooms.