Thursday, June 02, 2005

Allison C. v. Advanced Education Services (Cal. Ct. App. - May 18, 2005)

Sometimes the facts of a case are just totally disheartening. This is one of them.

Allison had one child. His name was Dylan. Dylan began to have emotional problems in the third grade, when he moved from Bakersfield to Crestline, California after the breakup of his mother's marriage to his stepfather. When he was 9 years old, he was hospitalized for a week at a local behavioral center. When he was 10 or 11, he moved to Redlands, where he was was raped at knifepoint by a 14-year old boy. When he was 13, he repeatedly fought with other children, put a tack through his own ear, intentionally cut his own thumb, and gave another student poison to drink. Shortly thereafter, at school, he used a needle and thread to sew his fingers together. Three days later, he was sexually assaulted by an adult man. Shortly thereafter, this 13-year old child went into his grandparent's bedroom, took a rifle from underneath their bed, and killed himself.

Depressing, depressing, depressing.