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Special Needs Boy Dropped Off at Wrong School
Silas Stinnett has just started school. He takes the bus every morning to a pre-k program at Lincoln Elementary in Norman for children with developmental challenges.
"I put him on the bus at 6:50 in the morning. I assumed he would arrive at school at about 7:45, like he normally does. I ended up getting a phone call at around nine o'clock, saying 'Megan, take a deep breath' and I automatically freaked out and said 'what happened?'" Megan Stinnett, Silas's mom said. She said the school called to tell her her son had been found. He was dropped off at the wrong school Monday morning.
Silas has moderate to severe autism and is non-verbal. So, he couldn't tell the staff at Southern Plains Treatment Center he didn't belong there.
"There was a presumption by some of the individuals involved that this was a new students to go to [Southern Plains] and be served in a special education program there," Shelly Hickman, the Norman Public Schools Communication Director said.
Hickman said Silas was always under staff supervision and there was no safety issue in the mix-up. She said Southern Plains quickly realized Silas was not a new student. It took a couple of hours to find out he attends Lincoln.
"This is a mistake, and we regret the mistake and we're still investigating to see exactly what happened, and why it happened," Hickman said.
Megan Stinnett said the bus driver knows her son. He is the same one who picks Silas up everyday.
"I walk him up to the bus, I give him a kiss and tell him be good, and I ask the bus driver everyday, to please take care of my son," Megan said.
She said there was no reason for him to be confused about which school Silas was to be dropped off at.
Norman Public Schools said part of the investigation would include whether school bus producers need to be changed.
This is not the first time the district has had issues with children with autism. It was sued in 2007 by families who said their special needs children were abused at school. The school ended up settling the suit.
Posted: Tuesday, October 9 2012, 09:22 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Business recovery center to open in Okla.
May 24, 2013 11:52 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Owners of businesses damaged or destroyed by a tornado at Moore can seek government assistance to help them stay afloat.
The U.S. Small Business Administration's recovery center was scheduled to open Friday morning at the Moore Norman Technology Center's South Penn Campus.
Oklahoma Small Business Development Center Director Bill Carter says counselors will be on hand to help business owners overcome the effects of the tornado that tore through Moore this week.
He says no appointments are needed and all services offered by the center are free.
Businesses of any kind can also apply to the SBA for low-interest disaster loans of up to $2 million to repair or replace damage to property, equipment and other expenses.
Monday's storm killed 24, including 10 children.
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