Case of Kip P.
Sarah Solomon ('15) negotiated a stipulated expulsion for a 13-year-old boy accused of possessing a knife and using it to commit a robbery after school hours and off of school grounds.
The student, Kip P.*, was known to be diagnosed with Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Nevertheless, his persistent pattern of behavioral issues at school had gone unaddressed by the school district for years.
Without adequate supports, Kip's pattern of behaviors escalated until he found himself accused of the incident in question.
Although Kip was accused of a zero-tolerance offense carrying a mandatory expulsion term of one year, Sarah was able to negotiate a semester-long suspension with special education home instruction and a new mental health assessment, instead.
At Kip's June 2014 special education planning meeting, Sarah was able to take things a step farther and secure a placement for Kip at a school with a therapeutic program for students with severe emotional and behavioral issues. Hopefully, with intensive help, Kip will learn other ways of coping with his feelings and will be able to be a successful student.
*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.