More parents unhappy with Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Carrie Stewart removed her child from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School last year. Her daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder and often missed school due to her symptoms.

Stewart said the school denied her daughter the medical testing she needed, but said her daughter would not pass the third grade due to the number of days she missed. Teachers also told her daughter she was going to have to repeat the grade, she said.

“They told her she was not going to pass the third grade no matter what,” Stewart said. “The biggest issue was the stress put on my child because of the situation.”

Stewart said when she decided to remove her daughter from the school and home school her, but Jessie Mae administrators called social services.

“[The school administration] told me directly that they didn’t think I was doing what was in my child’s best interest,” Stewart said. “I could not put her back into that situation. “Because we care about our kids, because we love our kids and don’t want to put our kids through that, we’re the bad people. We’re the bad ones.”

When Kristi Dellacona removed her kindergartener from Jessie Mae and enrolled her in Union Elementary, she saw a completely new child.

“The second day of getting in the car from going to school at Union, she said, ‘Do I ever have to go back to Jessie Mae Elementary?’ I said, ‘No.’ She said, ‘Good, because I love going to school at Union.’”

Dellacona said she never saw her daughter so excited. Due to situations she did not detail, she said her daughter would come home from school “humiliated” and “embarrassed.”

“It made her upset to the point of where she asked me if she could please not go back to school,” she said.

As a first-time parent, Dellacona said she didn’t see any warning signs. Now that she’s seen her daughter’s changed attitude, she urges parents to take a deeper look at their own children.

She suggests asking children simple questions every day, such as “Do you like your teacher?” and “Do you enjoy school?”

Dellacona said parents have a responsibility to stand up for their children and to ensure their safety at school.

“We as parents should be more vocal, but in a lot of cases, people are scared to say anything because they don’t want their kids mistreated because of something they did,” she said. “At the same time, we are mistreating them by not standing up and saying something.”

Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Principal Patricia Rourk did not return a phone call seeking comment about the claims made by the parents.