Letter: Student needs help, not arrest


There is a student at the Allen County Educational Service Center who is developmentally delayed (IQ 71), diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Delay and also Bipolar. This student is on numerous medications that are prescribed by Dayton Childrens Psychiatry where he is regularly seen.

He has services through the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities and is on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that includes several classroom and learning accommodations.

At the end of the school year there was an incident that involved him having a behavioral episode. In an attempt to get away from a situation and out of the school, a pane of glass was broken. The parents were notified and the student was suspended. The parents immediately and continue to offer to pay for the window.

The sheriff ‘s office filed charges of criminal damaging on the student. Is there not background information obtained prior to charges being filed? How does the prosecutor morally pursue such charges? I would be embarrassed pursuing charges on a student with developmental disabilities in a specialized school with an IEP.

Brenda Miller, Spencerville

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