Dear Mr. Engel:
Thank you for taking the time to look into the
We know that the assistant clerk magistrate ruled against the parents and found the witnesses testimony not credible. This isn't surprising, because what person of sound mind really wants to believe someone would deliberately harm not only a child, but a child with disabilities who is even more defenseless? This is why allegations of these types are so hard to prove.
However, you'd mentioned that there did appear to be very credible evidence of abuse, but that the
Were you aware that Joseph "Jay" Madigan is both a Member of the Board of the
The question is, legally and ethically how could the
We contend that
This is why we were hoping to have an independent investigation by Protection and Advocacy.
Is there any way that the decision against a P&A investigation could be reconsidered? Or is there some other reason that would preclude investigations by both
Thank you again for your attention to this matter. Any assistance or advice you could share would be greatly appreciated by not only our office, but the families involved as well. I look forward to your response.
Response from Attorney Engel:
Dear Ms. Searcy:
[T]hank you for providing me with this additional information. While I am not sure that this changes the legal analysis, we continue to be concerned about what happened, as well as the actions or inactions of
At this point, I am certainly willing to meet with interested parents to talk about the situation. I believe that most of them were previously represented by [redacted for privacy] so I would have to contact her initially. If you are aware of any parents who did not have legal representation, they can certainly contact me directly.
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Dear Attorney Engel:
Thank you so much! We, too, weren't sure if it changed the legal analysis, but it certainly does call into question why
I have forwarded your email to the families involved and they have assured me they will be in touch with you soon. One set of parents I know for sure does not have legal representation currently, though they'd retained [redacted for privacy] to file their complaint with the Dept of Education previously. As for some of the others, I'm awaiting their responses.
To answer your question about whether Ann Gibbons is currently teaching, to the best of our knowledge she continues to teach at Chapman school in
Please let me know how I can be of further help to you. As more information becomes available, I'll be sure to keep you informed.
Founder/Director of Public Policy and Affairs
The Coalition for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports